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Technology Louis Vuitton is making a luggage tracker

09:50  12 january  2018
09:50  12 january  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Gallery: Louis Vuitton luggage tracker | 4 Photos. Customers use the company's LV Pass smartphone app to pair with the tracker , which slides into a dedicated pocket in Louis Vuitton luggage .

If you’re spending thousands of dollars on your luxury luggage from Louis Vuitton , chances are, you want to make sure you know where that luggage is at all times. And who better to help you keep tabs on your bag than the maker of said bag itself?

a red suitcase© Provided by Engadget A smartphone app and recent FCC filing strongly hints that Louis Vuitton has a new tech product on the way: A luggage tracker that pairs with particular bags sold by the fashion company. Sources tell Engadget that it will be the first such device to work internationally, but there has been no official confirmation yet.

According to a leaflet included in the documents filed to the FCC, the luggage tracker is called the Louis Vuitton Echo and will be built by French start-up Axible. It can operate for up to six months on a full battery and can be recharged via simple USB cable. Customers use the company's LV Pass smartphone app to pair with the tracker, which slides into a dedicated pocket in Louis Vuitton luggage. The Echo automatically switches to Airplane Mode in flight; After landing, customers can check the app for their bag's location and see if it was opened in the interim.

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In the past year, Louis Vuitton has been dipping its toes into fashion tech, starting with introducing its ,450 Tambour Horizon smartwatch last summer. Now, it’s released something a bit more accessible (but still ridiculous) in price: a 0 luggage tracker called the Louis Vuitton Echo.

Gallery: Louis Vuitton luggage tracker | 4 Photos. Customers use the company's LV Pass smartphone app to pair with the tracker , which slides into a dedicated pocket in Louis Vuitton luggage .

The tracker only works within certain major international airports covered by Sigfox's mobile geolocation service; Judging by the company's coverage map, that includes most of Northern and Western Europe, along with highly-populated cities in the US, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Oman, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand (though it's 'rolling out' across the rest of those countries). Anyone buying a Louis Vuitton Echo gets three years of Sigfox service included with purchase of the device. It's unclear how much the Echo will cost (count on a stupidly high sum -- it's Louis Vuitton, after all), nor when the device will be released.

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