One of the most painful aspects of travel is getting to and from the airport. You either have to inconvenience family members for a ride (usually at the crack of dawn since you booked the 5 a.m. flight to save some cash); spend exorbitant amounts of money on a taxi, take public transportation that takes twice as long (or more) than it should; or pay the absurd daily parking fees of airport lots.
But what if you could hitch a ride on your suitcase? That's the question Chinese-based farmer-turned-inventor He Liang-Ky asked when coming up with the idea for motorized luggage.
In this ITN News video, Liang-Ky shows off the scooter, which can reach speeds up to 20 kilometers per hour, and lasts six hours on a single charge. For kicks, it has a GPS tracker so you'll always know where your luggage is, a burglar alarm in case someone tries to steal your bag, and a horn so pedestrians get the heck out of your way.
Liang-Ky hopes to keep the pricing down on the motorized luggage so it's affordable for people in his home country. He expects his invention to retail for 4,000 to 30,000 Chinese yuan, or about $640 to $4,800, which is a bit on the expensive side for luggage, but cheaper than most scooters. Unfortunately, there's no word on on if or when we might see Liang-Ky's invention become reality.
If it does come out, just imagine how fast you'll be flying when you take your motorized luggage on one of those moving walkways.