A man in Changsha, Hunan Province has spent the past 10 years building a functional battery-powered suitcase that also works as a scooter. The machine also features GPS navigation and a burglar alarm. FINALLY.
Originally a farmer, now amateur inventor, He Liangcai has acquired a patent for this invention from the state government.
The inventor used an electric scooter body embedded into the suitcase, with handlebars that control the throttle, breaks and lights. The suitcase works as a saddle and, obviously, as luggage. Weighing seven kilograms, his scooter suitcase is capable of carrying two people and can travel up to 20 kilometers per hour for a distance of 50 to 60 kilometers on a full charge.
He Liangcai demonstrated the mobile luggage arriving at a Changsha train station, where he rode the invention to his home a dozen kilometers away.
According to the Global Times, “He reportedly received a top prize at a US-based inventors awards ceremony in 1999 for an innovative car safety system. He said he got the idea for inventing the scooter when he forgot his luggage on his way to accept the award in the US.”
Mass production, anyone?
By Andreea Dragut
[Photo via Global Times]