The Air­bolt

A Blue­toothen­abled lug­gage lock that has re­de­fined safe travel.

Herworld (Singapore) - - INNOVATION -

It has hap­pened to all of us: for­get­ting the code for un­lock­ing our suit­cases and hav­ing to try every pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tion for what seems like an eter­nity. The dif­fer­ence be­tween us and Kabir Sidhu, 30, is that the has­sle made the Aus­tralian won­der why trav­el­ling with lug­gage isn’t less stress­ful, and do some­thing about it.

In 2014, he cre­ated Air­bolt (he’s now the CEO of the brand), a lock which pairs with its smart­phone app. How it works: The lock syncs with your mo­bile via Blue­tooth when it’s within range of your suit­case. This means you don’t have to re­mem­ber the lock code. All you need to do is press the left but­ton on the Air­bolt to un­lock it.

It also uses a crowd­sourced GPS to track your checkedin lug­gage should it be lost en route; and if some­one tries to sneak off with your bag, the Air­bolt and your phone will buzz – pronto. If you ac­ci­den­tally un­lock it, it’ll re­lock it­self if it’s not re­moved in five to 10 sec­onds.

With the Air­bolt, you can even al­low (or re­voke) ac­cess to some­one you’ve sent a bag to.

Made of die-cast zinc with stain­less steel rope, and in six colours, the handy-sized lock was a Kick­starter Good De­sign Award win­ner last year. Get it at www. gad­get­good­sa­sia.com for $109.

The two but­tons in front are for backup ac­cess: When your phone bat­tery runs flat or you can’t find your phone, un­lock the Air­bolt by en­ter­ing the com­bi­na­tion you cre­ated.

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