There is great news for businessmen and entrepreneurs who are consistently worried about the security of their precious suitcases. A young Spanish inventor has developed a new robotic suitcase that follows the owner by tracing Bluetooth signals from a smartphone. The developer unveiled his creation through a Youtube video. The video showcases the working model of the “Hop!” suitcase. In the video demonstration, a man can be found walking while his suitcase is following him at varying speeds.
Spanish developer Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez has put a lot of time and effort in the development of this technology. He has placed three sensors in the luggage which receives the signals from the phone and has also planted a microprocessor to drive the 2 caterpillar tracks which power the suitcase. If the signal from the phone is lost, the suitcase will lock itself and send a vibrating alert to the user’s phone.
Gonzalez was one of the winners of James Dyson Award this year and his design was widely applauded by the engineering community in Spain. Gonzalez is currently pursuing a Masters in Innovation, Design and Engineering in London. He is hopeful that he will be able to assemble a team and also find funding for further development of the ‘Hop!’ suitcase. He added that the equipment is not 100% perfect and it will take some more time until it is ready for the market. The video uploaded by Gonzalez in Youtube showcasing the prototype has already crossed 1,20,000 views. Click here to see the video.