Robotic suitcase designed for hands free luggage; the Hop set to revolutionise travel

by Alister POOLE on October 8, 2012

A robotic suitcase called the Hop will follow travellers around, in turn removing any need for luggage to be carried by them.

The suitcase is self-driving and travellers will be allowed to walk around airports and similar environments unburdened by being dragged down by the overpowering weight of their bags. In order to function, the prototype connects to the owner’s mobile phone via Bluetooth and rolls after it at a steady pace.

Should the signal be lost - a real possibility if the traveller has to run to catch their flight - their suitcase will lock to make itself secure. In this event, the owner’s phone will vibrate and alert their owner that their suitcase has stopped.

Bags are able to be programmed to follow one other in line and hopes remain that they might one day replace any need for either conveyor belts or luggage carts to be used in airports. The Hop is the brainchild of Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and is still being improved. Already though, it has been submitted as a candidate to receive the James Dyson Award -the international student design prize that will have its winner announced later on this month.

Gonzalez commented that although various protoypes have already been made, there is still yet to be a real and actual product that is able to work 100 per cent. It was added that the Hop won’t be expensive when it is ready for sale and should cost roughly £100.

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Don Chernoff October 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I laugh when I see “products” like the robot suitcase. It looks like a fun science experiment but high cost, high weight, and reduced space will keep it from ever becoming a real product. Not to mention the batteries going dead and other technical snafu’s that are bound to occur.

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