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This suitcase will follow you home like a puppy


Your baggage could chase you about the airport For anyone who hates accustomed luggage, advice may be on the way. A California aggregation has launched an Indiegogo attack for an free attache that it says will accurately chase you. There s no charge to grab its handle and annoyance it along. The attache stays three to bristles anxiety abaft a actuality by tracking the area of their smartphone. It moves either upright, or while laying on its side. Suitcases haven t absolutely afflicted for the accomplished brace of decades. It s behind for innovation, said David Near, the CEO of Travelmate Robotics. Related: You can now ride your baggage about the airport Near envisions the attache as actuality advantageous for appealing abundant anyone — from businesspeople to tourists to the disabled. The Travelmate comes in three sizes, affairs for $399, $495 and $595. It acme out at 6.75 mph. For a lot of things, accepting an free attache is abundant added comfortable, said Near, 61, who absitively a year ago that it would be air-conditioned to accept a robot companion as he catholic the world. The attache has been activated auspiciously in arcade malls and sidewalks, according to Near. He s not anxious about the attache bumping into article in a awash airport or alternation station. The ancestor attache relies on an bittersweet sensor to ascertain and abstain objects. But the final version, which ships abutting year, is accepted to accept a altered sensor, conceivably a camera or radar. So far, Near s activity has aloft alone about 3% of its $100,000 ambition on Indiegogo. If fundraising doesn t aces up, he will seek allotment from acceptable investors, and still plan to accomplish deliveries abutting summer. Excited travelers should apparently atmosphere their enthusiasm. The attache is alone a prototype, and how it sees and avoids altar isn t finalized. While the company s video of the attache in activity appears impressive, the attache will accept to prove itself in crowded, real-world airports. Another catechism mark is the accident of theft. If the attache is added than 15 anxiety from its owner s smartphone, an anxiety will complete on the suitcase. There will additionally be an active beatific to the person s smartphone. The aggregation is developing a workaround so the anxiety won t go off in situations back it s accustomed to be afar from your bag, like blockage a bag at an airport. (Washington) First appear October 18, 2016: 4:02 PM ET