For the past six years or so E-ink luggage tags have been just over the horizon; multiple models have been announced but none have made it to a retail launch (to the best of my knowledge).
That may soon change.
One of my loyal bots informed my on Friday that a new Netronix device had appeared on the FCC’s website. Netronix, as you may know, is a consumer electronics OEM and one of the leading ereader makers, but this isn’t an ereader.
TBH, I don’t know for sure what it is; almost all the details have been embargoed. But the label for the FCC ID indicates that this device belongs to Viewtag, a Vanguard ID subsidiary.
Viewtag only exists to develop an E-ink luggage tag, and this device comes from Netronix, a company with lots of experience with E-ink screens, so this has to be either a thermonuclear swizzle stick or an E-ink luggage tag.
The size and weight are still a big secret, but I can tell you it was tested for Bluetooth, and that there’s a QR code next to the FCC ID. That code didn’t lead anywhere, however. It is intended to be scanned by a companion app on your smartphone so you can pair the tag with your phone.
There’s no word yet on when it will be officially unveiled, but I have my fingers crossed that it will be available by the time I go to Las Vegas for CES 2020.