An Israeli company, NUA Robotics, has just made traveling that much easier. They designed a new hands-free suitcase that can carry around heavy luggage so that you won’t have to.
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The suitcase is currently just a prototype, but so far, it is shown to connect to a smartphone app via Bluetooth. With its built-in camera sensor, the suitcase can “see” you and follow you around on flat surfaces, such as airport floors.
It even has an anti-theft alarm to prevent someone from snatching it away. The best part, though, is that it has a backup battery that can be used to charge your devices, if needed.
Alex Libman, founder of NUA Robotics, shared, “It can follow and carry things for people around while communicating with their smartphone and avoiding obstacles. We’re combining sensor network, computer vision, and robotics. So if you download our app, press the ‘follow me’ button, the luggage recognizes the specific user and knows to follow and communicate.”
The suitcase is still being tested, and features like speed and customization are still being improved. However, they do hope that the suitcase will be made available in a year’s time.
If proved to be successful, this Bluetooth-pairing technology can be used to automate other devices such as shopping carts at the supermarket, as these are especially meant to be useful to the physically disabled and the elderly.
Libman shared, “Any object can be smart and robotic. We want to bring robots into everyday life.”
The company did make it clear that the smart suitcases, which are still in its prototype stage, will look less bulky during its release—the actual suitcase will look like a regular one. NUA Robotics is also planning on partnering with a carry-on luggage maker to ensure that the “smart” device will weigh just 2.5 pounds and be fitted on old-fashioned luggage.
Having to carry large bags can be a burden, especially for parents with children, persons with disabilities, or senior citizens. With NUA’s new product, life could that much easier; however, it will be interesting to note how they will be able to handle other obstacles like stairs.