WATCH: Self-driving suitcase takes smart luggage to another level

2018-01-16 21:00 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - In a world of new tech innovations, carrying your own luggage will soon be a thing of the past - thanks to Travelmate Robotics

Travelmate Robotics has unveiled its latest offering, a fully autonomous robotic suitcase that can go up to 11km/h. 

Unveiling it at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Travelmate Robotic says the suitcase will help travellers deal with baggage without having to worry about over-packing.

According to the Travelmate Robotic, the suitcase was designed to roll at a pace that matches that of the user, navigating around obstacles and it can also be directed using a smartphone app - available on iOS and Android - in the same manner as a drone.

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This means that if you're running through the airport to make it to your gate in time, your suitcase will simply speed after you without you having to touch it.

The sleek-looking carry-on bag has vertical and horizontal autonomous modes and will cost you around R13 484 to R18 344 to buy, depending on sizes, when it rolls out in February for the US market, and later around the world. 

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The battery can also be used to charge almost all electronics through a USB port and a standard electrical outlet. In addition, the Travelmate Robotic suitcase features unique Omni wheels that allow for multi-directional movement - a crucial part of autonomous technology. 

Since the suitcase functions as a robot in practice, it uses AI and machine learning to optimise its movements and Omni wheels allow for increased stability and range of motions.

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Other special features 

The Travelmate robotic suitcase has a touch-enabled lock system that uses your fingerprint to open your suitcase.
Low energy Bluetooth module allows for a long-lasting and consistent connection.
The robotic suitcase has a built-in scale that will measure the weight of your suitcase’s contents. 
Multi-coloured LED lighting signifies your suitcase’s battery level, moving direction and shows other signals.
The robotic suitcase also has a GPS chip that helps orient the suitcase and allows you to know the location of it at all times.
You can remove the GPS chip and attach it to other things that are easily lost.

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