|We plan to design a carry-on sized bag that doubles as a motorized ride-able scooter. Instead of dragging your heavy luggage around the airport or across campus, step on the platform and ride it for a quick and convenient commute.
Rideable luggage is not necessarily a new idea. The Micro-Kickboard is a carry-on with a built-in platform to ride as a manual scooter. The Modobag is currently the only motorized luggage on the market--featuring a design that allows the rider to sit on the bag. Products like the Micro-Kickboard lack the convenience of electrical motors to take the strain off of the user. Stricter TSA guidelines and the staggering price point make Modobag a less viable option.
Essentially, we want to smash these ideas together, while conforming to the TSA restrictions and keeping the price of the product at a much more reasonable range. The motors of the Lug-n-GO will be powered by removable Lithium-Ion batteries. Additional features include a manual mode, where the user can pedal themselves forward and charge the batteries; charging ports for USB devices; and maybe a fingerprint scanner as well to prevent person riding away with someone else’s luggage.
Our design will consist of an off-the-shelf DC motor that is capable of a max speed of 10 mph. We will design our own motor controller system such that the user can squeeze the right lever to go and squeeze the left lever to brake. We will use lithium ion batteries that can easily be removed by the user. Our luggage design will also include a charging dock for the user to charge a phone. To do this, we will design voltage regulators that can adjust the the voltage of the lithium ion batteries to produce an acceptable voltage to charge a phone.