Friday, April 18, 2008

Today a friend and I were having a discussion about the eternal problem of luggage. Namely the backpacks vs the suitcase. Both have their strengths and weaknesses and neither is perfect. Bugger.

Pros: Can be carried up stairs. Can be used as a makeshift pillow.
Cons: The amount of stuff you need to pack to go traveling for more than a weekend is cripplingly heavy to carry on one's back.

Pros: So what if it's heavy? It has wheels.
Cons: Try getting those wheels up stairs and over curbs in a place like Mexico City.

So we were discussing the suitcase-backpack dichotomy as described above, and my companion bemoaned the fact that there was no such thing as an all-terrain, four wheel drive suitcase.

It occurred to me that what one needs is a sort of dog-robot-suitcase with hybrid wheel-legs like the Mars Rover.

You'd push and pull the Suitcase Rover along on a stiff leash, like you do with a normal suitcase with wheels. When you tried to pull it up stairs or over any obstacle like a street curb or a small street urchin it would use its clever robotic wheel-legs to negotiate its way up and over.


At 10:21 am, Anonymous Conor said...

You need one of these.

At 6:27 am, Blogger The Rantolotl said...

That thing is fucking creepy


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