Where’s the luggage? It’s following me
AN ISRAELI start-up has created a suitcase that follows you around.
NUA Robotics’ invention uses Bluetooth to shadow you — or more specifically, your smartphone — wherever you go, meaning there is no need to carry or even keep an eye on your luggage.
The case can avoid obstacles, has an anti-theft alarm to ensure it does not go missing, and can charge your mobile, tablet or laptop while it rolls.
It is also able to tell you its weight through your smartphone, meaning you will never again go to an airport without knowing whether your bag fits the limitations for flying.
NUA Robotics co-founder Alex Libman told news site Mashable: “Any object can be smart and robotic. We want to bring robots into everyday life.” As Mr Libman implied, the creation is part of technology’s ongoing shift towards a connected network of objects known as the Internet of Things.
The suitcase, which was exhibited at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, is expected to go on sale within a year. A free raffle to win one of the cases is open on the NUA Robotics website.