Weigh-to-Fly is the answer to the packing problems of all travellers in the form of an extendible luggage scale which sends real-time updates to users’ phones as they pack their case.
The device has an adjustable, lightweight, telescopic frame that slides and locks to fit whichever size case necessary. Once the case is placed on top, the sensors in each of the corners send updates via Bluetooth to the traveller’s smartphone, allowing them to see instantly how close they are to their weight limit as they pack. The smartphone app contains details of every major airline’s weight restrictions so the user simply types in which airline they are flying with.
It even takes account of the weight of the device (450g) and the scale’s unique “coat hanger” design means it can also serve as a clothes hanger upon arrival to the destination. Also incorporated is a proximity sensor, which sends a notification if a case is left behind or the user moves too far away from their luggage.
Weigh-to-Fly is the brainchild of Software Electronics Engineer Jamie Cruickshank: “One in five passengers are charged an average of £25 for excess baggage at the airport. In the UK alone, passengers forked out over £1.6 billion in charges in a single year. Multiply this globally and it is a huge problem. Not only is it costing passengers dearly but it causes stress, hassle and inconvenience at the airport.”
He added: “There are other products on the market but these have disadvantages. For example there are cases with the weighing mechanism built in. These limit you to using a single case whereas Weigh-to-Fly can be used with any piece of luggage. Other luggage scales can let you down. They give inaccurate results, break easily or require you to lift heavy bags in order to read the weight. Not to mention the repetitive process of zipping up and weighing your bag every time you add or remove something.”
The retail price of Weigh-to-Fly is expected to be £69.99.