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The robotic suitcase – the future of baggage?


The ‘Hop’ suitcase uses triangulation between its three sensors and the user’s mobile phone to follow its owner around the airport.

If you’re tired of carrying or pulling your luggage around the airport, a novel solution could soon be available. ‘Hop’ is a suitcase that is currently under development and automatically follows its owner around thanks to three receivers that use triangulation to follow the signal of the owner’s mobile phone.

If the connection between the suitcase and the mobile phone signal is lost, the user is alerted by a vibration on their phone.

The developer’s website even goes as far as saying that as the suitcases can be programmed to follow one another, they could make baggage carts and conveyor belts redundant in the future!

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam from 25-26 April 2016.

Prepare for the passenger experience of 2025 at FTE Europe 2016, 25-26 April, Amsterdam

Future Travel Experience Europe 2016 (25-26 April, RAI Amsterdam) will be the region’s most forward-thinking passenger experience event this year, thanks to the ‘Passenger Experience 2025’ theme, inspirational keynote addresses by Philips Head of Design Pierre-Yves Panis and SkyTeam CEO Perry Cantarutti, two unique conference agendas, an Air France-KLM Innovation Symposium, the Co-creation Forum Europe, the FTE Bag Drop Symposium, an end-to-end exhibition and a social agenda based around the world famous King’s Day celebrations.

Senior figures from the likes of Google, IATA, easyJet, CitizenM, Vueling, daa, Air France-KLM, Schiphol Group, Ryanair, Gatwick Airport, Finavia, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand and Swedavia will address delegates in the ‘On the Ground’ conference, providing an unmatched learning environment. Each of these leading industry experts will share their passenger experience visions and outline how they are planning to leverage new and emerging technologies, ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics, to biometric technology and mobile-enabled digital personalisation, to improve the passenger experience and enhance operational efficiency.

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3 comments from our readers

  1. anthony says:

    The inventors are clever but not practical. The video is showing an empty space with one bag and one person, the reality of a jam packed airport with people practically banging into each other. The bag would be on its side in a minute. Furthermore, security remains an issue so a tether would still be needed to allow more than one sense monitor. At this risk of saying ‘who would need a personal computer’ I do not see this working anytime soon.

    • Brian says:

      Anthony, great points re: feasibility.
      However, innovations should be based on their ability to modify or transform experiences, behaviors, etc. for the better. This invention is great proof of what is possible and will excite others to build off of it. It will especially inspire some young people.

  2. patrick says:

    I like the idea, but what is the extra weight of the aparatus? As passengers we are ever so constrained with weight.

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