This Futuristic Suitcase Will Automatically Follow Its Owner Through the Airport
Carrying your own luggage may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a few mad scientists obsessed with making your life more convenient.
On Sunday, at a preview event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the tech company ForwardX Robotics unveiled its latest creation: the CX-1.
The CX-1 may look like your average suitcase, but what’s inside makes it anything but.
According to UberGizmo, the suitcase contains sensors that will track its owner anywhere he or she goes. It will then follow them like a well-trained dog using its four-wheel-drive system, avoiding any speed bumps along the way thanks to its 170-degree, wide angle camera.
And truly, this suitcase will never get lost as it uses some seriously high-tech tracking and identification algorithms to identify its owner. It will also sound an alarm if it gets too far away from its owner, or if someone tries to steal it.
According to UberGizmo, the suitcase is controlled using simple hand gestures, making sure a user never has to “fiddle with any controls” to get it moving. In fact, they don’t even have to turn around to face it.
While it’s cool, there is one claim the company makes that isn’t quite true. According to UberGizmo, the company says it’s the first to create such a case. However, in 2016, Travelmate Robotics, a company based out of California, raised money through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to create a similar robotic suitcase. People were so excited that the company actually raised more than $790,000 for its first order.
Travelmate's suitcase, like ForwardX's, uses hand gestures to move, can follow its owner, and also has an internal charger so a user can charge their devices on the move.
“Think of taking Tesla's autopilot and putting it into a suitcase, except it goes a step further because it's fully autonomous and adjusts to your speed on the fly,” Travelmate Robotics said in a statement.
And while ForwardX Robotics has yet to announce a release date, Travelmate Robotics is already selling and shipping their model for $1,095 for a small bag to $1,495 for a large case.
Still, anything that will help make traveling a little less painful is OK with us, and perhaps the competition will drive down pricing, making technology like this more affordable for all of us.