Airlines are getting nastier these days when it comes to baggage weight. The Digital Luggage Scale lets you know how heavy your suitcase is up to 100 lbs. Simply clip it to your bag, lift it up, and after it beeps, set it back down and read the results. At a size 6 x 3½ x 1-inch and a weight of 8 oz., it uses 2 AA batteries (not included,) and has a price of $24.85. We are thinking that by the time you get to the airport, you will already know if the case is too heavy, but it might come in handy after purchasing all those tourist Tees. And remember to deduct its half pound weight, too.
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RoboPorter has taken up residence in Japan’s Kita Kyushu Airport. Standing 4 feet tall, travelers walk over to him and tell him where they want to go. They can also use a touchscreen with a map for identification. RP can handle luggage up to 110 lbs. and can inform patrons with airport information without asking for a tip. We are thinking that this would be a terrific application for grocery stores. Not only could they carry our groceries, perhaps they can be programmed to shop as well.
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Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to lug that heavy luggage around when you fly? Russia has come up with a robotic suitcase that follows its owner when he/she puts a sensor in its pocket. Light detectors, infrared sensors, ultrasound and a gyroscope help the bot, whom they named Tony, to move around objects and keep from falling off stairways and ledges. Set to come out in 2009, the robot will be available for 49000 RUB (~$1960.00.) With all the fuss at airports these days when you try to take your shampoo along, what chance would Tony have of getting past an inspection? Our guess would be slim to none.
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