Anyone who travels regularly will know that sometimes lugging heavy and cumbersome suitcases around the airport often feels like a massive ordeal.
I have many memories of getting those stupid-o’clock in the morning flights and more often than not I’d go straight from the club where I was partying to the airport and I would always tired, hungover, exhausted and generally weak. The last thing I’d want to do is drag around a heavy suitcase and it took every ounce of strength left in my weary body to get my luggage to my destination with me. Difficult as my experience was, I would often look at families travelling with young children and think, ‘ha, well at least I don’t have to deal with that.’ Parents trying frantically to control their flighty children whilst at the same time taking 3 or 4 giant suitcases in transit – definitely bad times!!
If any of these experiences sound familiar then Hop: The Following Suitcase might be just the thing for you. As you can see in the promotional video, this nifty little suitcase actually follows its owner around like a little doggy on a lead.
Using the Bluetooth signal from the owner’s smartphone the receivers in Hop triangulate these signals and calculate the phones positioning. This enables Hop to follow you around at a controlled distance. Good news for people who need more than one suitcase, these intelligent bags can be programmed to follow one another in a cute little train formation.
If the signal is somehow lost, the smartphone will vibrate in order to alert the user and the suitcase will lock itself.
The Hop could be a great help to disabled travelers, families with young children, the lazy, hungover party animal and pretty much anyone else who can’t be bothered to carry stuff.
The only drawback that I can see with this product is the thief-factor. Watching the video, one of the first things that popped into my head was how easy it would be for a thief to run along, scoop up the suitcase and dart away into the distance.
I mean I suppose it’s quite a heavy item to make a quick getaway with and in airports there is a strong security presence, but I just don’t trust humanity all that much!