Last week while attending the TBEX conference in Stockholm, I met Kevin O’Donnell and Boyd Bruner, entrepreneurs from Chicago. These guys caught my attention (and everyone else’s) by cruising around on what they call “the world’s first motorized, rideable carry-on smart luggage.” The two tried to raise funds on Kickstarter last year but failed. Now, they’re back with an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign. The Modobag campaign needs to raise $50,000 and is already up to $25,079 in the first day, with a full month left.
If you preorder one of their limited early bird specials for $995, you’ll save 30% off the retail price. In Stockholm, I took one of their Modobags for a test drive (see the video above) and I have to say it’s pretty fun to ride, and it maneuvers well. There’s a dual-wheel braking system, quick-release foot pedals, extendable towing handle, and high-performance CNC-machined, sealed-bearing steering column. It can reach speeds of 8 mph (3x faster than walking). It’s powered by UL lithium batteries that last for six miles or 10 full phone charges (based on a 180 lb commuter). The bag weights 19 lbs, over 80% of it can be used for storage, and it’s TSA-, FAA-, and IATA-compliant so it will fit in overhead bins.
The Modobag also has a touch-control dashboard with LED backlighting and dual-USB charging ports for cellphones and portable electronic devices to keep them charged—and you in control—while on the move.
I’m not sure if all or any airports will allow them, as most have banned hoverboards, but it sure is cool.