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2021-09-23 1:07:07 PM  
Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.
 
2021-09-23 1:22:14 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.


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$60 on Amazon
 
2021-09-23 1:28:22 PM  
I'll wait for this one:
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2021-09-23 1:29:36 PM  
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2021-09-23 1:29:49 PM  
DAMMIT!
 
2021-09-23 1:31:48 PM  

Driedsponge: DAMMIT!


It's traditional to shake your tiny fist, but a dozen or so foot-waves would be acceptable too.
 
2021-09-23 1:34:04 PM  

sorceror: Driedsponge: DAMMIT!

It's traditional to shake your tiny fist, but a dozen or so foot-waves would be acceptable too.


How about a flapping from a giant sea turtle?
 
2021-09-23 1:47:57 PM  
Honestly, though, if the Japanese could figure out how to make a carry-on-sized case with retractable wheels that was robust enough to be checked, will follow me around the airport, do stairs, and scream blue murder if anyone tried to steal it, I might be tempted for a few hundred bucks.  A charging port would be nice, too, since it would have to have a battery anyway.
 
2021-09-23 1:52:14 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Honestly, though, if the Japanese could figure out how to make a carry-on-sized case with retractable wheels that was robust enough to be checked, will follow me around the airport, do stairs, and scream blue murder if anyone tried to steal it, I might be tempted for a few hundred bucks.  A charging port would be nice, too, since it would have to have a battery anyway.


A battery big enough to do that would almost certainly be required to be checked.
 
2021-09-23 1:53:13 PM  

sorceror: I'll wait for this one:
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I, too, would like a sapient pearwood luggage set.
 
2021-09-23 1:53:30 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Honestly, though, if the Japanese could figure out how to make a carry-on-sized case with retractable wheels that was robust enough to be checked, will follow me around the airport, do stairs, and scream blue murder if anyone tried to steal it, I might be tempted for a few hundred bucks.  A charging port would be nice, too, since it would have to have a battery anyway.


There's rules on Li batteries in checked luggage now because some idiot's Swagtron Hoverboard caught fire once.
 
2021-09-23 1:54:59 PM  
I've looking at that Gitamini and thinking you can pack an awful lot of homemade C-4 in to that twenty pound load limit. It would take almost nothing for someone with a modicum of robotics knowledge to pre-program a route because I would wager real money that the firmware in that thing is not especially secure, if at all.

Instant remote terror device.
 
2021-09-23 1:55:15 PM  
Would be perfect for music festivals, "follow me, and don't share my drugs!"
 
2021-09-23 1:57:01 PM  

Driedsponge: Benevolent Misanthrope: Honestly, though, if the Japanese could figure out how to make a carry-on-sized case with retractable wheels that was robust enough to be checked, will follow me around the airport, do stairs, and scream blue murder if anyone tried to steal it, I might be tempted for a few hundred bucks.  A charging port would be nice, too, since it would have to have a battery anyway.

A battery big enough to do that would almost certainly be required to be checked.


100 Watts is the max size for TSA compliance, there are a few laptops at 99W for that reason, mostly desktop replacements with 2 hour battery life
 
2021-09-23 2:00:36 PM  
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So, it holds... virtually nothing? I don't often travel where I need a towel, a paperback book, a can of water and a tube of sunscreen.  And, when I do, I usually find that I can transport those things some other way.  Like: in my hands.
 
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2021-09-23 2:01:07 PM  
Oh so THIS is what kicked off that episode of Black Mirror.
 
2021-09-23 2:01:20 PM  

Driedsponge: DAMMIT!


Double damnit! This is what I get for not being a TFer!
 
2021-09-23 2:02:15 PM  

sorceror: Driedsponge: DAMMIT!

It's traditional to shake your tiny fist, but a dozen or so foot-waves would be acceptable too.


Of course username checks out.
 
2021-09-23 2:03:59 PM  
I have decided my true calling in life is robot rustler. I am looking forward to spending my 40's and 50's chasing robots throughout the streets of big cities in the West.
 
2021-09-23 2:04:45 PM  
I can already predict folks will trip over/sue the rich owners.  They'll be shoving each other to be first in line.  Hope it has a dashcam.  Luggage cam?
 
2021-09-23 2:05:10 PM  
20 pounds? How much does a simple backpack cost??
 
2021-09-23 2:06:02 PM  
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2021-09-23 2:09:05 PM  

Jelly Bean Raider: 20 pounds? How much does a simple backpack cost??


About the same as a banana.  $10
 
2021-09-23 2:11:41 PM  
One of the courses i play on got robot caddies this year. They are actually surprisingly good.

It was partially in response to covid as well, so that real caddies didn't need to be potentially exposed.

I mean, of course they are out of a job now....and some of them were cool and fun to play a round with, but i also don't have to tip the robot.
 
2021-09-23 2:16:37 PM  
If they made one with a saddle or seat with a place for a nap or cocktails while out shopping or getting through a huge modern airport.  Can Medicare list it as a necessary medical device so the airlines must check it while boarding like a stroller...

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2021-09-23 2:18:24 PM  
I'm still waiting for Robo Teddy
 
2021-09-23 2:19:02 PM  
This sort of thing, perfected, will happen, and will be very common in 10-20 years, methinks.  Main problem will be stairs, although in the US almost everything is handicapped accessible so just take the wheelchair ramp.
 
2021-09-23 2:20:03 PM  
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Did...someone...say...stairs???
 
2021-09-23 2:24:00 PM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: [Fark user image 425x218]
So, it holds... virtually nothing? I don't often travel where I need a towel, a paperback book, a can of water and a tube of sunscreen.  And, when I do, I usually find that I can transport those things some other way.  Like: in my hands.


ounce of mushrooms, 8 ball, quarter of weed and a twixxer of vodka.
 
2021-09-23 2:30:43 PM  
FTFA:  "We have yet to learn of a Gita being stolen or broken into while being used or when parked."

They will once they sell one to someone in Philadelphia.
 
2021-09-23 2:42:19 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.


nah - once you put out the fire you can just throw it away.
 
2021-09-23 2:44:35 PM  
Red Dwarf - Wrong airport scene
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2021-09-23 3:10:43 PM  

sorceror: I'll wait for this one:
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I prefer to imagine it with mechanical feet. Much more efficient than the human-style ones.
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2021-09-23 3:21:18 PM  
Look like a similar form factor to the competing food delivery robots in Ann Arbor, but the luggage has larger wheels. Not at all the robots promised by the Jetsons.

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2021-09-23 3:31:59 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I'm still waiting for Robo Teddy


Not your personal erotica site, buddy!
 
2021-09-23 4:17:21 PM  
You will not be allowed to bring this on planes.
 
2021-09-23 4:17:23 PM  

Caelistis: I've looking at that Gitamini and thinking you can pack an awful lot of homemade C-4 in to that twenty pound load limit. It would take almost nothing for someone with a modicum of robotics knowledge to pre-program a route because I would wager real money that the firmware in that thing is not especially secure, if at all.

Instant remote terror device.


Stick a Raspberrypi on it with a cell hat, and a GPS chip, you yup yup you could send that places.
 
2021-09-23 4:24:55 PM  

Driedsponge: DAMMIT!


If it's any consolation that is one of the more bizarre instances of "beat me to it" that I've seen
 
2021-09-23 4:26:39 PM  

maxandgrinch: If they made one with a saddle or seat with a place for a nap or cocktails while out shopping or getting through a huge modern airport.  Can Medicare list it as a necessary medical device so the airlines must check it while boarding like a stroller...

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That is so cool.
My Mom had a cart very much like that. She would have gotten a kick out of that pic.
 
2021-09-23 4:32:23 PM  
Came for the sapient pearwood references.... Those sculptures are different than I imagined the luggage, particularly the feet
 
2021-09-23 6:07:57 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.


Overdesigned.  You don't need a camera and fancy recognition tech to get a robot to follow you around.  Just carry an RFI key like you find in modern cars; it can home in on that much more accurately.
 
2021-09-23 7:18:52 PM  
My guess is, hacked within an hour, and airport luggage will soon be easier to steal than what it already was.
 
2021-09-23 8:20:49 PM  
Came for The Luggage references, leaving satisfied.

/leaves sandals and a trail of dust
 
2021-09-23 9:08:06 PM  
What would be really cool is a flying drone version so people could have others play their lives in third person perspective.
 
2021-09-24 12:48:17 AM  

Mouser: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.

Overdesigned.  You don't need a camera and fancy recognition tech to get a robot to follow you around.  Just carry an RFI key like you find in modern cars; it can home in on that much more accurately.


I agree somewhat. Can RFID do direction and range finding though?

Cameras are good to help it avoid obstacles.
 
2021-09-24 9:11:49 AM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: [Fark user image 425x218]
So, it holds... virtually nothing? I don't often travel where I need a towel, a paperback book, a can of water and a tube of sunscreen.  And, when I do, I usually find that I can transport those things some other way.  Like: in my hands.


This sounds silly but always carry your towel.
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2021-09-24 11:23:52 AM  

Mouser: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Italian electronics.

Get used to dragging it.

Overdesigned.  You don't need a camera and fancy recognition tech to get a robot to follow you around.  Just carry an RFI key like you find in modern cars; it can home in on that much more accurately.


Great idea but it will be bumping into people that cross behind you and then they will kick the shiat out of your crappy robot.
 
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