This is Hop, a suitcase that communicates with your smartphone and follows you through the airport. It doesn't hop though, that was just a poor name choice. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about a suitcase with a bunch of electronics inside that make the whole thing look like a bomb in the x-ray machine. Besides, what are you supposed to say when the check-in person asks you if your luggage has been in your possession at all times? Nope, it's just been tagging along behind me! See? Wait -- where'd it go?
The Hop is designed to follow behind the user at a constant distance, but if the signal is lost the suitcase locks itself and a vibration is sent via the phone to alert the user. The bags can be programmed to follow one another or to be controlled jointly by any staff that may handle your luggage.
I dunno, the bag seems a little small to warrant needing to move on its own. Even a child could pull a suitcase that size if it had a handle and wheels. Granted I don't WANT any children pulling suitcases around the airport because it would be just my luck those kids would wind up on my flight, I'm just saying they COULD. Kick the back of my seat one more time -- I dare you. I've had six mini-bottles and I'm not afraid to tell your mother how badly she sucks at parenting right now.
Hit the jump for a video demo. And if you think I'm not going to sit on the thing holding my smartphone taped to a stick in front of me, you underestimate my laziness.
Thanks to broomstick, who I'm tempted to beat my roommate with he doesn't turn down his shitty music.