Packing for a trip can be a stressful exercise. Not only do all the travel plans and accommodations have to be attended to, but also the question of what to bring along must be considered. And then considered again. And then double and triple checked. Finally, our lives are compressed down into a suitcase, and somehow everything important and necessary must fit into a travel bag. Luckily, when traveling with wine that means getting to choose up to a dozen bottles to bring along.
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Take a Sony Aibo and cross it with a Samsonite. Congratulations, you have the world's most loyal piece of luggage, the Hop. Hop is a suitcase that automatically follows you around.
The suitcase is stocked with three receivers that triangulate the user's phone's position over Bluetooth. A microcontroller does the calculations and keeps it at a close distance. The suitcase is security-minded. If it gets lost, the user's phone will vibrate and Hop will lock itself up tight. … Read more
You can get the C-3PO experience without the shiny gold body carapace and stiff joints if you pick up an R2-D2 rolling suitcase from Salvador Bachiller.
The suitcase is actually called the AZ-2028 Robot Trolley 60, leaving me to wonder if George Lucas' lawyers are about to earn their retainers again. If you want to hurry up and get your order in, the suitcase will cost you $120.
The rigid case comes with a combination lock, extendable handle, and four polycarbonate wheels. Unfortunately, it doesn't project holograms or make cool beep and boop noises. … Read more
The McLaren Sport Samsonite luggage we featured last year came with a suspension system for its wheels. We thought that was pretty cool, but it's got nothing on the Micro Samsonite sold by the U.K.-based Micro Scooter Store.
This cabin-sized luggage has a flipout board that adds a third wheel to the two standard rollers under the hard-case bag, transforming it into a micro scooter that you can ride around the airport.
Anyone who's ever tried to catch a connecting flight that will take off in 20 minutes at the other end of the terminal will … Read more
I'd take a wild guess here.
Most of us travel in economy class and are likely to have a handcarry bag in-flight. And we know the majority of carriers provide passengers with miserable and flat pillows, which some airlines now even charge a fee for.
Enter Olive's Take Me Anywhere Suitcase designed to look like a pillow that could possibly let you cruise along to a slightly more pleasant journey.
Available on online handmade-goods marketplace Etsy for $40, the maker is willing to customize a color of your preference for the 15-inch by 11-inch travel case (smaller than … Read more
Ever had to lug your luggage up a few flights of stairs? Not exactly a welcome task after a long flight. If so, you'll be happy to hear about the Climbing Up Suitcase by designer Woo Moonhyung.
A rubber belt designed as a continuous track covers the body of the luggage along its two sides, which makes it easier for the entire suitcase to touch the stairs--and to be pulled from both front and back.
The suitcase has a hard-shelled body (you know, just in case you drop it down those stairs in a fit of travel exhaustion), and … Read more
Alas, that day has yet to come, but a company called Live Luggage is taking a step in the right direction. Calling its showcase product "the world's first power-assisted suitcase," the luggage has built-in motors in the wheels and an "Anti-Gravity handle" that supposedly distributes weight in all the right places, according to CrunchGear.
The motors power up only when the … Read more
You're block captain of the neighborhood watch, a hurricane is barreling through your ward, and FEMA is still looking for its waders. But this time you're prepared.
That's because you're packing the Base X Suitcase Operations Center, a set-up for a 4- to 10-person emergency response team that puts you immediately in charge. The SOC is a self-contained wireless visual information powerhouse, according to Base X.
The system can be completely contained in three rugged cases and deployed anywhere, holding everything you need to access the Internet via Ku satellite or a commercial wireless card. Keep … Read more
While we appreciate our bosses' efforts to keep us productive at all times with such equipment as desk-equipped luggage, there's just one problem: We're too lazy to lug it around.
But those industrious new capitalists of the former Soviet Union have come up with a potential solution, much to our chagrin. They're developing a robotic suitcase that supposedly will "use its robotic brain, internal gyroscope, light detectors, and both sound and infrared sensors to follow you around without bumping into you or anything else," according to the Raw Feed. Using a special card that you … Read more