Navigating the airport with your baggage could soon get a bit easier, thanks to an invention by a California company.
Travelmate Robotics has created an autonomous suitcase that will trail you by tracking the location of your smartphone.
The Travelmate is designed to tail owners by three to five feet (0.9 to 1.5 metres) and rolls behind them – upright or on its side — much like BB-8 or R2D2 dutifully follow their human counterparts in the “Star Wars” films.
“Suitcases haven’t really changed for the past couple of decades. It’s overdue for innovation,” the company’s CEO, David Near, told CNN Money.
While the device won’t be able to keep up with a human who is running to catch a flight (the average human can reach 24 kilometres an hour), with a top speed of nearly 11 km/h it can exceed most people’s walking speed, which is about 5 km/h.
Travelmate Robotics has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for commercial production and plans to offer the mobile luggage in three sizes,Read More »from This suitcase follows you around the airport