May the Phorce Be With You: New Bag Powers Mobile Devices

— November 19, 2012

Never again run out of power while on the go, lose your bag, or carry multiple bags to store all of your gadgets. Phorce is the world's first smart bag that powers all your devices (including MacBooks), connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, transforms from a backpack to a messenger or a briefcase, and prevents you from losing it. This triple-threat smart bag will be launched through a Kickstarter campaign this week.

The bag, was constructed using the latest in technology and design, was the brainchild of entrepreneur Marijn Berk, a Kauffman Foundation scholar whose previous venture created an affordable solar-charging solution for the developing world, and James Jeffrey, a designer with more than 10 years of experience in the bag industry. They aim to raise $150,000 through their Kickstarter project so that Phorce can be released internationally.

"Unfortunately bags haven't changed much over time, so they're a little outdated, especially for the entrepreneur, business owner, or seasoned traveler. It's time to completely reimagine and reinvent the bag," said Berk. "We have designed the first smart bag in the world that meets the multiple needs of today's on-the-go, always digitally connected person. A bag that can talk to your smartphone, that can easily transform to meet your needs, and that can power up all of your devices."

Phorce is designed for those who've experienced great difficulty carrying tech equipment and staying connected while traveling extensively in the air and on the ground.

A Triple Threat: Powers, Transforms, Connects

Other bags have attempted to power mobile devices, but they have a very low battery capacity, which means they must be charged every day. Some brands have bags that can transform in shape, but their efforts always sacrifice the design. Phorce is the first bag ever that can communicate with your smartphone and that monitors power and the bag's location for you through an app.

  • Phorce comes in the colors black, red and green and weighs only 3.7 lbs.
  • Phorce for Mac is priced at $299 on Kickstarter, and retails for $449, while Phorce for USB is priced at $219 on Kickstarter, and retails for $299.
Charge All Your Devices

Phorce charges smartphones, tablets, iPods, cameras, speakers, headphones and anything that is powered using a USB connection. The bag includes:
  • 3 USB connections
  • 2 high speed ports, and
  • 1 super high-speed port.
Additionally, Phorce for Mac can power a MacBook for up to 7 extra hours. Phorce also comes with an efficient cable management system that keeps your charging cables safe and out of the way.

Talk to Your Bag, Don't Leave It Behind

Additionally, the bag comes with an Android and iOS application that allows you to talk to your bag by connecting your phone to your Phorce bag via Bluetooth. This app lets you gauge the power that's left in your device through an intuitive graphics display on your screen that also shows you the exact number of remaining charges for all your devices. Additionally, this feature sends a notification to your phone if you leave your bag behind, so you can quickly run back to grab it.

Leave Your Multiple Bags at Home

Whether you're at a meeting and need a briefcase, carry heavy items and need a backpack, or need your hands free to bike to work, Phorce can transform from a messenger bag, to a backpack, to a briefcase in a matter of seconds, with no additional equipment needed. At the airport, the Phorce bag has a special opening that allows it to slide over the telescopic handles of your trolley bag, making it easy to get to the gate on time. The bag is compact and light-weight but can transform into a bigger bag, thanks to its expansion zipper that gives you 240 cubic inches of extra space.

Keep Your Devices Safe and Clean

The bag includes protective padding, a custom-made water-resistant fabric, and waterproof zippers to protect your gear from shocks, drop and rain. A special fabric inside the pockets helps clean your devices for fingerprint-free displays.

See additional battery performance details here.


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