Future Technology: Hop, the Robotic Suitcase

November 13, 2012 by

We’re always interested in finding new ways to make travel easier. So, when we heard someone was working on building a robotic suitcase that would follow you around the airport, we knew we had to check it out.

According to their website, Hop is a revolutionary suitcase that contains three receivers able to receive, identify and triangulate signals coming from the owner’s cell phone. Using these signals, the suitcase would follow the owner at a consistent distance.

If the signal is lost, the owner is alerted by a vibration on their phone and the suitcase will automatically lock itself. A function could then be employed to have the bag find you. The bag will be able to be programmed to follow one person, or can be controlled jointly by airport staff in charge of managing baggage.

Hop is still currently in production, but updates (as well as pictures of the different sizes scheduled to become available) are available on their website.

With no release date, or price point, on the horizon, we still can’t help but be excited by the implications that a hand-free suitcase poses, helping to ease travel for families and disabled individuals.

For more information, check out Hop’s official website, and don’t miss their introductory video.

Chic Travelers: Would you be interested in buying a robotic suitcase like the Hop? Let us know why or why not in the comments below!

photo credit: Hop

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