Apparently more than 26 million bags go missing via transit every year.
We received an email recently about a luggage-tracking gizmo - it's not the first we've heard about, and we must admit it did get us wondering about whether these gadgets are useful.
The gadget in question is a tracking device which is a small tag you slip inside your suitcase. The small emitter sends out your location using cellular (GSM) signals, which you can then track by using a phone app.
We recently received an email about one of these gadets called the Lug Loc, which costs $49.95 and is available at David Jones. There's also another calked Trackdot, which is only available for purchase online from the Trackdot website for $59.95 plus postage and a one time activation fee of $US8.99.
We're not so sure this is a worthwhile investment if you don't travel very much, though we wonder how handy the gadgets are if you do. There’s nothing worse than having your luggage go missing after a long flight.
Both devices will automatically shut off when in an airplane and turn back on when there is no movement detected.
Be aware that there is an ongoing charge to use both devices: Lug Loc costs $US2.99 per trace or $US29.99 for 30 traces. Trackdot has an annual service fee of $US12.99 which includes an unlimited number of traces.
We have noticed some negative comments about Trackdot.
According to the Lug Loc press release, more than 26 million bags go missing via transit every year.