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Tank-track carry-on case rolls with stairs

Steps are the nemesis of the wheeled suitcase. There's a certain satisfaction in gliding a case over a smooth airport floor, but, faced with a flight of stairs, a heavily-packed case cam quickly become something of an encumbrance. Not so the TraxPack, which drops onto its side to slide up staircases with relative ease.Read More

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Floatti offers smooth-riding smart luggage

Having squeezed that last pair of socks into your suitcase, forced the zips shut and rushed out the door, there's nothing worse than having to wrangle uncooperative luggage over bumpy city streets on your way to the airport. A Californian team thinks it has the solution to this problem with Floatti, a smart suitcase with suspension, smartphone connectivity and an inbuilt scale.Read More

Robotics

New sensor system enables robots to look inside luggage

Luggage lying around unattended at an airport justifiably triggers the jitters. The hazardous task of getting up close to inspect what could potentially be a bomb that could explode any time invariably falls to the bomb squad. Researchers have come up with a way to minimize the risk by creating a sophisticated, robot-mountable, sensor system that allows authorities to scan a piece of luggage and get an accurate image of its contents. The contact-free detection system could not only potentially help bomb specialists assess the danger quickly, but it could also help them obtain vital evidence.Read More

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