A pilot with a new invention is looking for $3500 on kickstarter to fund the first production run of his invention — hands free luggage.
I admit when he sent this to me I thought it would be something super technological — maybe magnetic (you wear a device, the bag is attracted to it) or electronic, following your radio signal.
Instead, it’s called “My Hitch” and is a piece of plastic that you hook to yourself and to your bag. And you pull your bag behind you.
Personally I’d be concerned about situational awareness, I get frustrated when people wearing backpacks bang them into others because they simply aren’t aware of their footprint, thinking of the space they’re controlling only as their bodies. Airports are busy places, and can be chaotic. I certainly wouldn’t be running from gate to gate with this.
Oh, and I’d kind of look like an idiot.
I do love these quotes, from the kickstarter page and the video:
“It would be a lot better if you could walk hands free through the airport. Imagine carrying coffee in one hand, your cell phone in the other, while your luggage follows behind you.”
Won’t using your product cause your pants to be pulled down?
“It certainly won’t work if your clothes have a loose, or elastic waistband”
“We recommend against placing even a jacket or purse on top. Since, it could fall off or be stolen.”
Hands free luggage could be cool. Pulling heavy bags is a pain. But isn’t that what four-wheeled luggage is four, so you can simply push it along upright?