How About a Robot Suitcase That Follows You Around an Airport?
Some of Jaunted's posts deal with in-depth travel industry dynamics. Others deal with how events in the world of politics travel - up to and including civil wars, economic collapses, and terrorist attacks - affect tourism. This is a post about a piece of robot luggage named Hop that will one day follow its owner around airports.
You can track Hop's development on its home website, which also has illustrations on the different luggage sizes which will be available once the robot is available for sale. The technology's creator remains unnamed, though ReadWriteWeb rightly draws attention to a quote from the website about how loyal luggage that call roll through airports will change travel:
If the signal is lost the user is alerted by the vibration of the phone and suitcase locks itself. The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or are controlled jointly by the staff that handles the baggage at airports or stations. If a suitcase can move by itself, besides facilitating the lives of a large number of travellers, families, disabled people... could also spare all the elements that moves externally the baggage (conveyor belts , carts, ...)
Hop will also be able to talk to smartphones, and will lock itself and sends alarms in case it loses track of its owner. Because of course it will.
We know we're repeating ourselves, but living in the future is kind of awesome. And yes, of course there's a proof-of-concept video.