The demand for Google’s touch-sensitive Jacquard technology shows no sign of slowing down, and the Samsonite Konnect-i Backpack is a perfect example of how wearable smart tech will continue to facilitate us in everyday life. With the Konnect-i, Jacquard technology essentially allows the wearer to remotely control their phone with taps and swipes via the bag’s strap. It’s an unobtrusive, subtle and well-thought-out addition, which works for the most part.
Two versions of the Samsonite Konnect i-Backpack are set to hit stores. A “slimline” version and a “standard” edition, priced at £ 179 and £ 195 respectively. According to the manufacturer, the Konnect-i bag can hold a 15.6-inch laptop – although we found that a 16-inch MacBook Pro slotted in rather snugly. In addition to this, there is also a pouch for a tablet and compartments for things like cameras, notepads, lenses and anything else you might conceivably need to carry while on the move. The silver lining contrasts well with the blue fabric, which makes it easy to keep tabs on what you’ve got stowed away in your Samsonite Konnect-i.
The Samsonite Konnect-i Backpack is surprisingly spacious and incredibly versatile. There are two external zipped pockets on the front of the bag, each of which has further subdivisions and pen holders, while a single zipped pocket adorns the top of the bag.
The main compartment is well-padded and features an abundance of pockets for cables, documents and other small items. Call us fussy, but the only thing missing is a clip for a keychain.
The left strap of the Konnect-i features Google touch sensors, which have been rather robustly woven in. The sensor strip is designed to track upstrokes, downstrokes, taps and long holds. While you’re not going to use this technology as an alternative to a keyboard, it does come in incredibly useful for basic things like handling incoming calls, adjusting audio playback, triggering the Google Assistant or dealing with navigation. This can all be set up via the Jacquard app for iPhone or Android.
If you already own a smartwatch, you could be forgiven for thinking that you already have easy access to all of this – however, the real advantage to the Samsonite Konnect-i Backpack is its battery life. When fully charged (via microUSB), you can expect to get between 10-14 days of use out of this backpack.
Ultimately, the Samsonite Konnect-i Backpack is clever but slightly constrained by limitations on software. On the flip side, using the Jacquard strap is less distracting than pulling out a phone, and it’s this sort of flexibility and convenience that wearable smart tech users are all about.
With plenty of space for essentials and a comfortable design, the Konnect-i comes highly recommended for busy people who enjoy seamless technology integration on the move.