Want to avoid lugging your heavy carry-on bag through the airport? How about strapping on a motor, grabbing a seat, and driving the bag to your gate.
That’s what Chicago entrepreneur Kevin O’Donnell has done with the Modobag, a motorized travel bag equipped with a seat, steering column, breaking system, and even a dashboard. O’Donnell and designer Boyd Bruner just launched a Kickstarter for the device that hopes to raise $160,000 to bring the product to market.
The Modobag is sort of like if a Rascal Scooter and your carry-on had a baby. The bag runs on lithium batteries, can go up to 8 miles per hour, can go 5 miles on one battery charge, has GPS tracking, and includes a thumb action throttle control.
The GPS connects with your phone and allows you to keep track of your back wherever it goes, and it includes a travel history feature to show where your bag has been. A sensor in the Modobag can also alert you when the bag has left your side, or if it goes out of a selected area you’ve set. It also has USB charging ports to keep your phone and other devices juiced while you travel.
O’Donnell says that he got the idea after the kids in a breakdancing troop he sponsors started hopping on his roller bag in the airport. The bag fits within the parameters of an airplane carry-on bag (22″ long x 9″ wide x 14″ tall) and retains 85% of the storage space in a typical bag even with the motor, the company says.
“MODOBAG is changing the way the world travels,” the Kickstarter reads. “Featuring the latest in luggage design and advanced motorized technology, Modobag combines the convenience of a standard suitcase with the innovation of personal transportability to create the world’s only motorized, smart and connected carry-on that gets you to your destination three times faster than the average walking speed.”
The Modobag goes for $999 on Kickstarter, with an expected shipping date of February 2016. The retail price will be $1899.99.
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