With on tech developers' shortlists, it's clear that the future of travel is now. And it isn't just our modes of transportation that are getting smarter — our luggage is, too.
Meet , the world's first robotic suitcase and the answer to
all many of your travel problems.
According to Conde Nast Traveler, the suitcase uses artificial intelligence to navigate through crowds and follow you around, as long as you have your smartphone in tow, and as long as you don't move faster than 6.75 miles per hour.
The price for hands-free airport stunting? $399, $495 and $595 depending on the suitcase size.
Travelmate creators, Travelmate Robotics, say the "fully autonomous suitcase" is just the first step in creating a full-fledged travel butler. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the company hopes to add a voice assistant and functionality that'll allow you to book a ticket or find a nearby restaurant, just by talking to your suitcase.
Travelmate, which launched as an campaign in 2016, has a power life of 4 hours — plenty of time for your average layover — and is TSA compliant. It also features a built-in GPS chip so you won't have to worry about losing your luggage (or someone stealing it.) If you end up running down the battery and passing the four-hour life span, it comes with a USB port for charging, notes.
Now, if it could actually pack our things, too.
Check out the Travelmate in action below.