By Stu Robarts
There are two types of people who will likely be interested in Magicubie’s iMbrief (pronounced “I’m brief”) briefcase: those in high-powered, fast-moving, security-sensitive jobs and those who want to pretend they’re a spy. Its host of features will surely satisfy either camp.
The iMbrief is designed to function as a mobile office and is aimed at being fashionable, secure and versatile. First thing’s first, of course, it provides users with a means of storing and transporting documents securely, with an LED light inside to illuminate the contents.
Access to the iMbrief is via a fingerprint scanner or the accompanying mobile app, which is available for both iOS and Android and connects to the case via Bluetooth. It has a Kensington lock slot (those chunky locks often used to secure electronic devices in shops and offices), allowing it to be secured at a location, and siren to warn users of any unauthorized access attempts and to try and scare off any would be thieves.
The iMbrief also has an SD card slot for internal data storage. This can be used to save, store and share digital files and its capacity checked using the mobile app. A Wi-Fi SD card provided with the bag allows data to be accessed wirelessly, making it quick and simple to transfer files.
Mobile devices can be charged both internally and externally using the in-built 5,000 mAh primary battery. The iMbrief has four USB charging ports in total – two on its exterior and two in the inside compartment. An optional and removable 18,000 mAh second battery can also be used to provide additional power for devices.
A GPS sensor allows the location of the iMbrief to be tracked. This means it can be located if lost or stolen. Location is also recorded to create a historical map of the bag’s whereabouts, allowing a user to retrace a journey if needs be.
The iMbrief can be use to play music via its built-in Bluetooth speakers. The speakers are also used to provide reminders of calendar appointments, which can be set using the mobile app. The speaker is used as the security siren as well.
The case is charged via a USB port and takes around two hours for a full charge of the 5,000 mAh primary battery. A full charge can apparently last for over a month if only the fingerprint scanner is being used, but if it runs out of power, it must be charged before it can be opened again.
The briefcase has an aluminum-alloy shell and is will be offered in grey, black and burgundy if it reaches the market. It weighs around 4 lb (1.8 kg) and measures 450 x 330 x 95 mm (17.7 x 13 x 3.7 in). It is available with a detachable shoulder strap.
An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway for the iMbrief. At the time of writing, individuals who pledge from US$299 in support can receive one of the briefcases, assuming all goes to plan with the campaign and roll-out. Shipping is expected from January 2016.
The video below is the Indiegogo pitch for the iMbrief.