Autonomous Robot Luggage Probably Won’t Get Past Airport Security

Autonomous Robot Luggage Probably Won’t Get Past Airport Security

Ben Heck makes it easier to traverse those long airport corridors with this autonomous luggage that follows behind you like a small toddler. Leaving your hands free for holding travel documents, food or just pushing people out of the way.

The suitcase features a third wheel that extends when its handle is lifted for balance, while the two main wheels are powered by electric motors, which are independently controlled for steering. A transmitter carried in your pocket ensures the luggage always knows where you are, although, with a top speed of just over 3km/h, you’ll quickly lose it if you’re racing to your gate.

Ben also ensured the design met the size requirements for carry-on luggage that can fit in a plane’s overhead storage compartment, but that will probably never be tested since airport security will almost certainly put this creation on the no-fly list once it passes through their scanners. So as a DIY project you should probably just forget about it. Both because of the airport security thing, and the you’re-not-as-skilled-as-Ben-Heck thing. [element14 via PC World]