CES 2015: iPassport’s Smarter Way To Travel
The iPassport provides a safe and stylish way to carry passports, IDs, credit cards and other important items while on the go
Passports are incredibly important forms of documentation that allow restless travelers to see worlds away from home. However, these government documents are small and easy to lose, and are often the target of thieves. There hasn’t been a lot of technology dedicated to keeping passport safe in the many decades of their use, though that may soon change as technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives. Should the passport evolve with the digital age? One company has come up with their answer.
From the creator of the iWallet, the iPassport is a security device which keeps your important government documentation safe. Making its debut at CES 2015, this protective carbon fiber and leather locked case is great for making sure precious travel forms don’t get lost along the way.
The iPassport has a biometric lock, much like the new iPhone models, meaning it will only open when it scans its owner’s fingerprint, assuring that even if it falls in the wrong hands, your identity is safe. Without the correct finger print on the silicon pad, the case will not open, also meaning that it won’t slip out by accident when moving luggage around or running to catch connecting flights. The device also contains RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Protection to hide sensitive embedded data from hackers on the move as well as Bluetooth™ 4.0 Smart Tethering Technology, making the iPassport easy to connect to any smartphone and therefore easy to find no matter what.
The iPassport is as technologically advanced as it is well-designed. It weighs approximately 5.6 ounces and takes up 5.3 inches x 3.9 inches x .8 inches (approximately 35 mm x 100 mm x 20 mm), so it fits easily in pockets, purses and briefcases. The exterior has the sharp and distinguished look that comes from expert craftsmanship with a spacious interior that provides ample space for all important documents, including credit cards. The device also has a rechargeable 900mA lithium-ion battery that lasts a month and uses a standard Micro-USB charger.
This piece of traveler’s tech will retail for $599 on their website and through select retailers in early 2015, so if you are a traveler who wants a little extra security, this may be a must have. Even though the passport itself hasn’t changed much since its inception, the way people will be protecting it clearly has.