At CES in Las Vegas we stopped by the Dog & Bone booth to hear about what new products are coming this year. We saw some new phone cases but what really caught our eye was a new smart lock for travel.
Dog & Bone, based in Australia, have announced the LockSmart Travel, an app connected, bluetooth padlock. It can be controlled by an iPhone or Android device, it is TSA approved and allows users to track their luggage when it is in range.
Location tracking, while only through bluetooth (short range) is still very exciting, as your luggage approaches the carousel you’ll receive a notification on your phone, no more embarrassing collections of the wrong bag. Furthermore, if you do lose your luggage you can say so in the app and any other Dog & Bone user will be able to help you find it, if the lock comes near their phone. A handy crowdsourcing option.
One of the things we love about this lock is that it isn’t actually complicated to use. Sure you can open it with the app but if you’re in range you can unlock it from the lock itself, no need to pull your phone out, it knows it’s you.
The LockSmartTravel is available in blue, black and red, and retails for $59.95.
More info here
Living in Sydney his entire life, Geoff has always had a close eye on technology. Through school and immediately after, tech held his focus. Attending University later in life, Geoff began his IT career immediately after leaving high school and has been in the industry ever since. In his spare time he launched a YouTube channel focused on consumer tech that had millions of views. This led to work on community radio talking tech every week and has now stepped him into the studios of 2GB / 4BC every Saturday helping people with tech problems and reviewing the latest gadgets.
When Geoff is looking away from the screen he can be found holding a glass of red wine, spending time with friends and/or watching the Formula 1.