• Bluesmart Suitcases Make High-Tech, High-End Holiday Gifts

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a VIP? A Bluesmart carry-on suitcase will surely impress. Created by and for tech-savvy travelers, these “smart bags” do everything but propel themselves down the airport concourse. Download the companion smartphone app to lock or unlock the bag via a remote Bluetooth connection (the lock is TSA approved, and you also get a physical key) and track its whereabouts in more than 100 countries via a GPS application. The bag has a built-in scale that lets you weigh it remotely—a feature especially useful on airlines that charge by weight. There’s also a proximity sensor that alerts you if the bag is removed from the place you left it. Plus, each case is equipped with a high-capacity battery and two USB ports for charging your devices during a layover (Bluesmart says there’s enough juice to charge an iPhone six times). The hard-shell case on spinner wheels comes in two models sized to fit overhead bins on almost all commercial jetliners. It retails for $449. 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Perhaps your attendees have hopped on those electric bikes and e-scooters that are scattered all over metropolitan areas throughout California. That’s old news, no question. Yet it’s a sure bet they’ve never been on a Vintage Electric Cruz Bike, because only 250 of them ever have been made. Mad Dogs & Englishmen Bike Shop in Carmel has a fleet of these smile generators, as well as a fleet of knowledgeable guides to lead scenic group tours.