Dragging your suitcase in and around the airport may soon be a thing of the past, if this particular piece of technology manages to reach mass production stage. A new concept simply known as "Hop", is essentially a suitcase designed to ease frequent travelers woes by finding its way to the user. And here's how it works in a nutshell.
Hop "finds' a user's phone by triangulating the phone's Bluetooth signal via three sensors built into the suitcase itself. A microprocessor helps to determine Hop's location relative to the mobile device. The same chip also controls the suitcase's two caterpillar tracks (positioned below the case) which propel the unit. In addition, Hop is also designed to follow behind the user at a constant distance, such that you won't have to worry about the suitcase ramming into your legs or running over your feet.
Judging by the video embedded below, Hop is only capable of moving at slow speeds, and we doubt it'll navigate very well on uneven or inclined terrains. Nevertheless, it's an interesting concept, and one that might work with a couple of tune-ups for it to be ready for the real world.