Las Vegas, NV (The Hollywood Times) 1/13/19 – As your itinerant reporter trudged toward the door at the Sands Expo Center as the final day of CES was approaching it’s 4 o’clock closing time, he was waylaid by Brian O’Donnell at the MOTOBAG booth. Brian asked your reporter if he would like to ride a suitcase through the airport. Intrigued, a skeptical “Ok” was offered. On the floor was a device the size of a large litigation bag equipped with four wheels and a hidden motor. After Bryan assured your reporter that his partner, is 6’4” and over 400 pounds could ride the bag, your reporter mounted up. As shown by the photographic evidence below (no photoshopping involved), it was indeed possible to ride the MODOBAG. In fact it was quite fast even on a carpeted surface. The MODOBAG is not just a riding platform but is a suitcase with a fair amount of room inside. The motor, battery and steering assemble take up only about 10% or so of the total volume. When Brian politely declined your reporter’s offer to ride the bag the quarter mile to the exit door, the only recourse was to conduct a final CES interview.
Like most companies at CES MODOBAG is relatively new. They first appeared at CES in 2017 and have been selling the product since August of that year. They apparently hit a sweet spot in the market and over 3000 of the smart bags were sold in 2018 by the Chicago, Illinois based company. The current price is $1,495 and sales are made directly through the website at www.Modobag.com
The offer to do a demonstration ride to the exit having been politely declined, your reporter trudged through the Sands Expo Center watching the various exhibitors take down their booths and join him in his truck to the door and transportation. What an experience for an engineer and patent attorney. More articles will come in the following days. The iPad (i.e. the yellow legal pad which I own) is loaded with notes. Preparing new articles from those notes will allow your reporter to revisit the most enjoyable experience which was CES 2019.