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Olive Autonomous Suitcase Will Follow You Around the Airport

by Shane McGlaun
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I like to travel, but with all the people in the airport, getting your luggage through to the airplane can be a hassle. A cool autonomous robot suitcase from Ikap Robotics called Olive aims to alleviate some of this inconvenience. It has a number of unique capabilities, but the big feature is integrated sensors that allow the suitcase to autonomously follow along behind you as you walk.

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The bag’s object recognition algorithms use fancy skeleton tracking tech that can follow you even in a crowded area. The bag interfaces with your smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to lock or unlock the bag and to get warnings if the bag is tampered with.

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One of the other cool features is the ability to ride on the Olive as you would a Segway thanks to its integrated self-balancing scooter.You can also use the battery inside the bag to charge your smartphone while you sit and wait for your connecting flight.

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Pricing and availability are unannounced at this time. You have to wonder if airlines would allow this aboard, given the recent ban on so-called “hoverboards” on flights.

[via Gizmag]

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