“Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ sign…please make sure you’ve stowed your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin.”
That’s an easy request if you’re traveling with the new G-RO carry-on luggage, which is set to reach the market next summer. Its size is compliant with TSA, FAA, airline and international travel regs.
But we like it because of its smart product design.
Developed by New York-based Shalgi Design Studio, this luggage is well thought out, and includes uncommon features such as patented, large, low-mass “all-terrain” wheels; a strong, ballistic nylon overall material for the case; a charging station with two USB ports to charge your laptop, tablet and smartphone simultaneously; a location tracker and proximity detector; a built-in tablet stand; and even a waterproof bottom.
Plus, at Proto Labs, we’re always interested in parts-to-product timelines. Here’s G-RO’s production schedule:
- March-June 2015: Prototyping
- Oct. 2015: Kickstarter launch
- Dec. 2015: Project funded
- Jan.-April 2016: Tooling
- March-April 2016: Quality check
- May-June 2016: G-Ro Manufacturing Application Programming
- July 2016: Shipping G-ROs
- August 2016: Delivery
Oh, and about that Kickstarter campaign mentioned in the timeline? The goal has been far surpassed. As of this week, $816,735 has been pledged. The original goal? $125,000. Looks like it’s wheels up for G-RO.
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