Luggage need not be lugged, at least not if you own a revolutionary new smart suitcase that drives itself around. The ForwardX Robotics CX-1 is a zany hold-all on wheels that follows you around autonomously using smart sensors. Designed by a Chinese robotics startup, the CX-1 smart suitcase uses a four-wheel drive system for movement. This lets it zip around an airport — or the CES 2018 tech show floor in Las Vegas, where it’s currently on show. A 170-degree wide-angle camera and LIDAR sensors help the suitcase avoid obstacles and — more importantly — track your position. Its creators have developed a custom tracking algorithm that identifies the suitcase’s owner in real time. The camera then allows the owner to use gestures to control their suitcase without having to press any buttons. Through simple hand movements, you can get the suitcase to start following you — and stop, if needed.
Story: The Sun