• The cutting edge of luggage technology

    2010-11-18

    Since Bernard Sadow came up with the idea of putting wheels on luggage 40 years ago, subsequent designers have attempted to improve luggage technology in a similarly dramatic ways. Several prototypes and new models are currently being developed that may not revolutionize luggage production as much as the wheels, but promise to create additional convenience for travelers, MSNBC reports.

    The Micro Samsonite, retailing for about $400, is a combination of a scooter and a hardshell carry-on luggage. The small suitcase has handles and wheels that extend to become a scooter, potentially making moving through the airport a less arduous task and possibly providing travelers with a diversion while they wait for the call to board.

    The Trip from Travelteq, which reportedly sells for about $800, is a burnished aluminum hardshell suitcase that expands to become a seat, complete with backrest.

    For business travelers, the Red-Eye suitcase retails for about $400 and comfortably fits a suit, shirts and shoes. The suitcase itself is relatively small, and manages to keep contents wrinkle-free using the patented Torsion Protection System technology, the news provider reports.

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