Not everything needs to be a robot. That’s a lukewarm take, I know, but my hope is that if there are any aspiring scientists reading this who are currently developing some kind of automated machine that’s sorta cool if you squint hard enough, but ultimately pointless because humans are still capable of doing things for themselves, they’ll have a change of heart and cease production. Alas, it’s too late for the people who made the world’s first self-moving robot suitcase.
Do we really need the world’s first self-moving robot suitcase? Eh. No, probably not. I know I do just fine with my regular, non-self-moving-robot suitcase. But enough people crowdfunded a campaign from Travelmate Robotics last year to necessitate the world’s first self-moving robot suitcase because they wanted to free up one hand to hold a coffee, so here we are. Starting next month, Travelmate will ship out its self-moving robot suitcases to backers, and I guess you’ll start seeing these things in airports soon.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, the carry-on suitcase uses artificial intelligence and multiple sensors to leisurely stroll behind you while dodging angry travelers and other airport hurdles, Roomba-style. You can also tell it to stop, Alexa-style, and there’s a camera mount on top, so I guess you can take videos with your GoPro or whatever, since a 3-mph walk through Newark Terminal C is exhilarating.
You can pre-order your own self-moving robot suitcase in various sizes at Indiegogo, starting at $399 for a small. May you share a lifetime of happiness together.