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CES 2017: Autonomous Suitcase Can Follow Travellers And Avoid Obstacles

A new suitcase capable of tracking and following users as well as avoiding obstacles is set to be showcased at CES 2017.

The Cowarobot R1 is capable of analysing the world around it through a number of sensors, including sonar, a cliff detection sensor and the CO-EYE patented depth sensor. This information allows the suitcase to follow users at up to 7km/h while avoiding other people and obstacles. The suitcase can run for 20km on a single charge, and is able to travel up and down slopes of up to 15 degrees.

A bracelet and app lets users request the suitcase return to them, with the intelligent sensors plotting a course to safely and quickly navigate its way back to the user.

GPS tracking and a proximity alarm also ensure users know exactly where there suitcase is located even if it isn’t close by. The Cowarobot R1 also features a powerbank for charging on the go, as well as an easy to open front compartment and a large main compartment which can both be opened using the R1 Bracelet.

The suitcase launched on Indiegogo last year, and exceeded it’s initial goal of US$100,000. It went on to receive over US$500,000 from almost 900 backers. It currently retails for US$699.

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