Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Obedient Suitcase

Weary travelers would love this invention! Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez who is studying a Master's in Innovation, Design and Engineering in London has developed a prototype of the 'Hop!' suitcase, which uses the bluetooth signal on your smart phone to guide it along behind you.

The phone signal is received by three sensors in the luggage, a microprocessor driving two caterpillar tracks that power the suitcase along. And if the signal is lost, the bag will lock itself and vibrate its owner's phone. Definitely, a must-have for those who spend an awful long time at the airport.

Gonzalez's design was one of the winners of Spain's James Dyson Award this year but he readily admits that it is not working 100 percent and needs some fine tuning.

He is now studying a Master's in Innovation, Design and Engineering in London and hopes to gather a team to work on the project and find funding.

On Friday, I saw that the lights were on and so I decided to drop in and give my support to the MIHRM Toastmasters meeting. At first there were only 3 members but the attendance soon grew to nine. I was the Grammarian and I was also voted Best Table Topcs Speaker. I must admit the Table Topics was really interesting because it centered around December 21, supposedly the day the world will end! In spite of the serious theme, there was much fun and laughter. Obviously, none of us believe that the world will expire anytime soon. I would score this meeting a 4 out of a 10.

Celtic beat Kilmarnock 3-1 in an easy SPL game yesterday. The former took the lead with a well-worked goal down the right wing after 27 minutes, when Adam Matthews' run and cut-back set up Scott Brown for the opener. The second goal came when Joe Ledley slid in at the back post to convert a Brown pass (65). Matthews created Celtic's third – this time it was Brown who sent him scurrying down the right and his lofted cross to the back post was headed in off the crossbar by substitute Georgios Samaras (74). Cillian Sheridan scored a late goal for Killie (90).

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