Where’s the lug­gage? It’s fol­low­ing me

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

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.

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