Whoever invented the suitcase with wheels deserves the biggest high five. But now their thunder is about to be stolen, as an American start-up company has come up with a totally new way to haul your luggage. Instead of dragging it behind you, you ride it.
The Modobag is a fully motorised suitcase that you can ride on. Its fastest speed is 8mph and it can transport weights of up to 260lbs/118kg. The Modobag can travel for distances of six miles at one time.
At present, the Modobag is being funded on Indiegogo, where its target of $50,000 (£38,000) has been spectacularly beaten. It is currently standing at $140,968 (£104,436), with over 140 backers.
The motorised case is fitted with GPS tracking, which is nothing short of genius, as if the airport loses it, it can be tracked instantly.
It also has dual USB charging ports, which means you never have to search for a charging port if your device is low on juice.
The maker of the Modobag, Kevin O’Donnell says: “Modobag is one of the most innovative and exciting advancements to hit the travel industry since rolling suitcases were introduced in the 1970’s. I have test driven the Modobag at heavily-trafficked airports, including O’Hare, JFK and LaGuardia.
“From the first-time traveller to the veteran flight attendant, there is widespread agreement that Modobag will help make travel more functional and fun. Where once travellers had to run through the airport with heavy gear to catch connections they can now get where they need to be on time, on their Modobag.”
O’Donnell had the idea for the motorised suitcase when the Chicago entrepreneur was on holiday with his children. He wondered why his children couldn’t ride on their luggage, rather than pulling it behind them. He got together with a motorcycle friend Boyd Bruner, who worked to make sure there was still room enough in the case for belongings, once all the motors and electronics were added.
The Modobag suitcases are not cheap, they currently retail at $995 (£750) and the final weight has not yet been determined. So you might want to wait to see if they prove to be a hit at airports and if they come down a little in price before you fork out for one.
We think that they are great however, if you have elderly parents or children that have trouble getting from A to B, especially when they have a long way to go. Could be a Godsend and you would only have to buy one or two cases in particular for these individuals. The able-bodied travellers could use ordinary suitcases.
To find out more visit: Modobag.com