Forget the self-driving car, say hello to futuristic self-driving suitcase
Headlines are filled with news stories about self-driving cars. What’s rarely talked about is how autonomous cars technologies are adapted in other products. Welcome to the worlds of hands-free luggage with futuristic robot suitcase. “Robot suitcase,” unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to help travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage. Robot suitcase, Travelmate, is made by California-based startup Travelmate, Travelmate is the first true robot companion and fully autonomous suitcase. Since the suitcase functions as a robot in practice, it uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to optimize its movements and omni wheels allow for markedly increased stability and range of motion that cannot be achieved otherwise. It works seamlessly in crowds and doesn’t require any extra peripherals. Travelmate can move vertically and horizontally when autonomous. You can take it with you when you’re going to the airport, commuting to work or just walking outside. Travelmate can be controlled with a smartphone app and will match your speed accurately and can go as fast as 6.75 mph., navigating around obstacles.
Travelmate is the first true fully autonomous suitcase. It works seamlessly in crowds, doesn’t require any extra peripherals and you can buy it at a starting price of 1099$. Travelmate integrates with your smartphone to accomplish complex tasks that no other suitcase can do. It can move vertically or horizontally with ease. You can put more items or perhaps another suitcase on top of Travelmate when it is traveling autonomously in horizontal mode. Travelmate navigates large crowds and is able to recognize and avoid objects as needed. As you can see in the video above, our suitcase is not just a concept – it is a real working model and all of the features demonstrated already work on the Travelmate autonomous robotic suitcase.
In addition to fully autonomous horizontal and vertical modes, the Travelmate has a variety of useful features that other suitcases do not have. The battery that powers Travelmate can be easily removed and is charged with wireless technology. The battery can be used to charge almost all electronics through a USB port and a standard electrical outlet. In addition, the Travelmate suitcase features unique omni wheels that allow for unprecedented multi-directional movement. This is crucial for autonomous technology.
The Travelmate is packed full with all the bells and whistles. It comes with a touch enabled lock system that uses your fingerprint to open your suitcase. It also features low energy Bluetooth (version 4.1) module allows for a long lasting and consistent connection.
The battery that powers Travelmate can be easily removed and is charged with wireless technology. The battery can be used to charge almost all electronics through a USB port and a standard electrical outlet. All Travelmate models will include a built in scale that will accurately measure the weight of your suitcase’s contents. You’ll never have to worry about over packing.
It comes with multi-colored LED lighting signifies your suitcase’s battery level, moving direction and shows other signals. It also includes 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.
Travelmate comes in three sizes: Travelmate S is sold for $1099. Travelmate M is a medium sized and perfect for traveling and sells for $1295. Travelmate L (Large) is the largest model that we have. It’s perfect if you’re planning on a long trip or even for moving. The L size is sold for $1495. The company plans to do a live demonstration and press conference in Milan Italy on January 18th starting.
You can see TravelMate in action in the video below.