Mod­ern lug­gage: you can ride on it, have it fol­low you or let it charge your phone.

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

IT seems that ride-on suit­cases are all the rage among de­sign­ers.

Fol­low­ing hot on the heels of the ride on trike by dad-and-daugh­ter team Jian­min and Sumi Wang in the U.S., Tehran-based tech com­pany Olive Ro­bot­ics has now cre­ated what it calls the only suit­case in the world able to fol­low its owner au­tonomously, even in crowded air­ports.

The suit­case won first place in the Ser­vice Ro­bot­ics sec­tion of the 2016 Au­to­mat­ica Start-up World Com­pe­ti­tion held in Mu­nich last month.

Olive Ro­bot­ics CEO Hamid An­bari said on the com­pany’s web­site that the lug­gage is self-bal­anc­ing on two wheels and can carry its owner — with weight lim­its in pace.

To en­sure the suit­case does not lose track of its owner, An­bari said his col­leagues have de­vel­oped a to­tally new al­go­rithm for hu­man track­ing.

“We can suc­cess­fully fol­low the cer­tain tar­get even in oc­clu­sions or tar­get lost sit­u­a­tions.

“We don’t use any clas­si­fi­ca­tion meth­ods di­rectly so we don’t need any train­ing data be­fore the ro­bot is in op­er­a­tion and the ro­bot can per­form the fol­low task au­tonomously ex­actly after the first skele­ton is tracked by the skele­ton tracker,” An­bari said.

The Ira­nian en­trepreneurs are also not blind to the danger of theft.

The Olive suit­case comes with real-time pro­tec­tion and a dis­tance alarm that will alert you if you leave it be­hind, us­ing wire­less con­nec­tion and or Blue­tooth com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The suit­case can send its lo­ca­tion us­ing GPS and 3G/4G tech­nol­ogy from any­where in the world.

Users can also lock or un­lock the case us­ing an app on a smart­watch or phone.

The smart lug­gage comes with a 10 000 mAh bat­tery with a plug to charge phones and other de­vices.

A built-in scale en­sures the bag is not over­weight.

PHOTO: OLIVE RO­BOT­ICS

A com­puter-gen­er­ated im­age of the lat­est ad­di­tion to the world of smart suit­cases.

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