Hands-free lug­gage has ob­vi­ous con­cerns

The News (New Glasgow) - - OPINION -

To the ed­i­tor,

A re­cent tech­nol­ogy con­fer­ence, CES 2018, demon­strated many of the toys and tools we may be us­ing in a few years although one was of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est — hands-free lug­gage. They use a smart­phone app to fol­low their owner.

This ini­tially sounds like an use­ful de­vice although the con­stant fear of hack­ing pre­sents some con­cern­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties.

It could be a fun af­ter­noon at the air­port tak­ing over the sig­nals and do­ing some chore­og­ra­phy with a num­ber of suit­cases or maybe a game of hide and seek as they dis­ap­pear to the dark corners of the air­port. A lost sig­nal and it be­comes lost lug­gage, which is not a unique ex­pe­ri­ence at the air­port.

There is also some­thing for the speed demons as they de­ter­mine which brand has the high­est speed. I, how­ever, would just get a dozen or so and com­bine them to form a “magic car­pet” to take me to the board­ing gates. There are many other pos­si­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing, I am sure, some ma­li­cious ones.

A new idea that needs some fur­ther de­vel­op­ment be­fore I use one or play with some­one else’s. Den­nis Fitzger­ald Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

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