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Intelligent Robotic Suitcases

'Olive' from Ikap Robotics Turns Your Luggage into a Robotic Helper

— July 12, 2016 — Tech
Like a gadget out of The Jetsons, Ikap Robotics is introducing a robotic suitcase called 'Olive' that can follow its owner through a crowded airport, send alerts if they are going to miss a flight, and even carry them to their gate if they get tired.

In place of a typical suitcase's rolling wheels, Olive has a hoverboard-like motor connected to 3D accelerometers and gyroscope, letting it cruise without the need to be pulled along by a person (and even allowing its owner to ride it like a Segway). The intelligent suitcase also uses an advanced 3D vision system to "see" its owner, incorporating Ikap Robotics' "skeleton tracker" to distinguish its owner even in a dense crowd. As if all this weren't enough, the robotic suitcase also uses a built-in scale to check if the luggage is overweight, has a powerful battery that charges portable devices, and wirelessly connects to a smartphone app which can track the bag and remotely lock and unlock it.
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Assistance - The development of intelligent robotic suitcases like 'Olive' opens up opportunities for integrating robotic technology in various industries to provide assistance and convenience.
2. Smart Luggage - The emergence of intelligent suitcases with advanced features such as 3D vision systems, built-in scales, and connectivity with smartphones presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the luggage industry.
3. Personal Mobility - The incorporation of hoverboard-like motors in robotic suitcases like 'Olive' signifies potential disruption in the personal mobility industry, offering a new way to navigate crowded spaces and saving energy.
Industry Implications
1. Travel and Tourism - The travel and tourism industry can leverage robotic assistance to enhance customer experience, streamline airport operations, and provide personalized services.
2. Consumer Electronics - Intelligent robotic suitcases open up opportunities for the consumer electronics industry to integrate advanced technologies and create innovative luggage solutions with added functionalities.
3. Transportation and Logistics - The transportation and logistics industry can explore the disruptive potential of robotic suitcases to automate baggage handling, improve security, and optimize luggage tracking and management.
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