Modern luggage: you can ride on it, have it follow you or let it charge your phone.
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.
A computer-generated image of the latest addition to the world of smart suitcases.