is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Principal Designer at Adobe, Design Chair at Wildcard and co-founder of Kidpost. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired by Etsy, Inc.), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children. Refer to the advertising and sponsorship page for inquiries.+
Do we really need a smartphone-enabled version of everything? There must be some point at which such products cross over into absurdity. If there is, a connected suitcase is safely short of it, because I’m very impressed—in theory—with the Bluesmart suitcase, a pullman-style luggage piece that features a digital lock, a battery charger, location tracking, proximity alerts and, most genius of all, a built-in scale. It’s available for pre-order for the not exactly cheap amount of US$399 at bluesmart.com.
Update, 11 Nov 2015: A reader drew my attention to a review of the Bluesmart at travel site thepointsguy.com. The review itself was even-handed, pointing out a number of shortcomings in the tech features and the fact that the bag itself exceeds United Airlines’s size restrictions, but recommending it nevertheless. Unfortunately, it apparently provoked a hostile response from the company’s executives. It’s worth reading if you’re thinking about buying it.+