When you watch old movies and look at the massive suitcases they had to use, it's a wonder anyone went anywhere. It was especially a hassle to manhandle that kind of luggage around an airport.
Thankfully, we've had luggage with wheels and collapsible handles for a while now. It makes moving your bags around easier, even though it still isn't fun. And if you have multiple pieces, it can quickly get overwhelming. However, one company thinks it has a solution.
Enter the "smart suitcase," courtesy of Israeli firm NUA Robotics. It's a small rectangular piece of carry-on luggage that can move itself around on flat surfaces.
It uses a built-in camera to follow you around, and you can pair it up with your smartphone via Bluetooth so you always know its location. For bonus features, it can charge your gadgets and has an anti-theft alarm.
Now, the actual practical value of this smart suitcase is up for debate. It isn't going to be enough luggage space for anything more than a day trip, and the added tech is presumably going to add weight when you're lifting it into an overhead bin. You'll also have to lift it up stairs, escalators and curbs.
You can also imagine in a crowded airport it's going to have a hard time not bumping into people or getting lost. Plus, the TSA might also not be thrilled about it, since even laptops can give them scanning trouble.
Still, it's an interesting idea, and NUA Robotics is hoping to expand the same tech to things like shopping carts. Imagine a cart that follows you around the store instead of being pushed.
What do you think of this smart luggage idea? Let us know in the comments.
You should also check out this Komando Report about some of the other robots being introduced to the world right now at the Consumer Electronics Show. It looks like the future is finally here.