The interactive smartbag capable of charging smartphones and laptops wants to free people from confined offices

Interactive briefcase of the future launched at IFA

An interactive smartbag that can charge devices on the go and wirelessly communicate with them was introduced at the IFA consumer technology show in Berlin.

A product of start-up company Phorce, the development of the bag was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, where it raised almost $200,000 (£122,000).

The creators of the interactive bag say their goal is to revolutionise workspace and free people from confined office cubicles.

The bag, made of water-resistant fabric and equipped with waterproof zippers, comes in a PC and Mac version. Each bag is equipped with three USB power ports to charge smartphones and tablets, plus a laptop charging cable. It is fitted with multiple sensors, including motion detection, and can exchange information with the user’s devices via Bluetooth and a smartphone app.

"It even sends a message when you forget it somewhere," said Marijn Berk, founder of Phorce. "Using a traditional bag is like using an old cell phone: it has just one carrying mode and only performs a single function. It's time to rethink what a bag can be and do and bring them into the future. Your bag should adjust itself to your needs and environment, not the other way around."

Berk, who led the two-year development of the product, has previously gained recognition with his solar charging technology for mobile phone users in developing countries. The device, which he developed at the age of only 21, has won him a Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.  

“I believe there is more to life than sitting in an office all day,” Berk said about the motivation behind the smartphone bag. “Phorce Pro enables people to achieve more while enjoying a mobile lifestyle.”

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