Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bluetooth-enabled Suitcase and can follow its owner around as well as being traceable when lost.

alttextJust a few days ago, i was looking for an important document in my house and it was almost like the doc had vanished into thin-air. I wondered if it was possible to Bluetooth everything so that one would be able to find anything, at anytime without hassles. This was my thought until i spotted this new invention called Hop!the exclamation point is technically part of the name, but as with Yahoo!, by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, a 28 year old Spanish designer

Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, but with all of the organization involved they can quickly become more hassle than they’re worth. We’ve already seen Ogomo save stressed travelers from worrying about the little things by delivering travel-size toiletries to the hotel, and now the Bluetooth-enabled hop! robotic suitcase from Ideactionary could make lost luggage a thing of the past.

The work of designer Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, the suitcase contains a caterpillar system at its base which enables it to drives itself forwards as well as turn. Three Bluetooth receivers can connect to the owner’s smartphone, allowing it to triangulate the signal and determine where the user is in relation to the suitcase. When the phone moves, the suitcase follows and if the handset goes out of range, it is automatically locked and a vibrating alert lets the owner know. The hop! Could be particularly useful for bellhops at hospitality venues or those who struggle to maneuver heavy objects, although its convenience could appeal to a potentially large traveler base.

The current version is a prototype and, as reports point out, flaws do exist which would need ironing out before bringing the product to market. While we wait, are there any other ways in which new technologies could make traveling less painful?

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