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1. Posted by robtel82 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi All,

Looking for a few opinions on my design for final year project at university. I have travelled alot over the last 5/6 years and have noticed that there are no suitcases currently on the market with an integrated seat for use in check-in queues, taxi queues etc. I dont know about you, but i feel they would be quite handy.

For my final year project I am developing a hard case with a contoured seat integrated into the design. To help with fatigue stress etc when waiting in line.

Would appreciate some views if you think this product is useful.

I aim to market the product at the medium to high end of market as i know most student travellers etc dont mind where they sit when travelling! so therefore it may be more of a business travellers product.

I also aim to solve the case wobbling effect that results from dragging cases over uneven surfaces, which im sure all of you can relate to if you own a pullable suitcase!

Any views would be appreciated.

Cheers.

Rob.

2. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 8y

sounds like a good idea good luck

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7274 posts) 8y

Sounds interesting - especially if you're able to keep the suitcase lightweight and maneagable. I've been looking in vain for the "perfect" suitcase - something with the flexibility and easy-to-fit-anywhere aspects of a backpack, with the keep-your-stuff-wrinkle-free and wheel-it-everywhere aspects of a suitcase. Keep us informed!

4. Posted by robtel82 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Thanks for your opinions.. yeah i believe there is alot of scope in the market, not a great deal of innovation seems to have been developed in the suitcase market. Will keep you posted on my progress. Any others please feel free to leave further comments. Thanks, Rob.

5. Posted by pheonixmag (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

sorry to be the bearer of bad news for your very interesting idea but i've noticed it has already been done (see link)

http://www.thetravelinsider.info/travelaccessories/swany.htm

sorry :(

6. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 8y

For backpacking and camping, I cut an 8x14 (1/2" thick) closed cell foam pad (insulated sleeping pad material) for sitting on benches, ground and rock surface. It's basic, even crude, but tough, compact and keeps your pants clean.

7. Posted by robtel82 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Thanks for the feedback guys. Interesting link you sent me for the suitcase with integrated seat, had already found it in my research.

I do know im not inventing a time machine or the soultion for an super efficient power cell thats going to solve global warming. Of course its going to have been invented, i didnt doubt that for a second. But, if something as crude as that is all thats available on the market it is a very good sign. ...Rome wasn't built in a day and all that.

As for the foam block, if we all improvised like that, we'd all still be using sticks and stones to make fire instead of lighters. (if you get what i mean)

yet I like your simplistic thinking!

Keep em comin.

8. Posted by Dezafinado (Respected Member 177 posts) 8y

Yes, simplicity but functional is how I purchase and improvise my gear. The foam pad is a good solution considering I usually carry 40-45 pounds of gear. Hiking 6-8 miles/day at elevations 7000-11,000 feet. Oxygen is very thin so the the weight of a pound feels much heavier than sea level. Most backpackers usually squat or simply sit on rocks or ground in the back-country. For car camping, I use the pad on the bench surface for cushion, warmth and cleanliness. Next to the campfire I have a separate fold-away lounge chair.

Back to your idea... it'd be cool to see a suitcase or travel pack with an integrated chair. IMO, it would have to be lightweight, doesn't take up much space and sturdy enough to handle the abuse by the baggage handlers. Quite often I've seen people simply sitting on their luggages/packs when the line is not moving.

Niki

Quoting robtel82

As for the foam block, if we all improvised like that, we'd all still be using sticks and stones to make fire instead of lighters. (if you get what i mean)

yet I like your simplistic thinking!

Keep em comin.

9. Posted by gieneh (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I own both a Zuca (www.zuca.com) and a Swany (the link from the message above).

There are problems with both of these bags that maybe a good designer could overcome.

1. Zuca: the best physical solution, however, it does not fit in most overheads on planes despite what the manufacturer says. I have arthritis in my hip and travel extensively for work - when I found the Zuca, I was thrilled that my problem was solved. Until the first time I brought it on a plane and ended up having to check it on the jetway because it doesn't fit in either the overhead or under the seat. Except for this major flaw, the case itself is a marvel, the seat is high enough (18") for me to use easily, it holds over 300 lbs., is sturdy, has a metal frame and large flat seat. I wish they'd solve the overhead problem (the wheels extend the width to about 16", too much for most overheads. I've suggested they come up with a removable wheel design - no response yet).

2. The Swany: Also has some advantages. It is small enough for all overheads. Seat height is a bit too low, only about 16". The swiveling wheels are a nice touch, the case actually walks beside you instead of dragging on wheels. The biggest draw back is the seat height and the fact that it is not a flat seat - you are actually sitting on the handle and it feels insecure. I also need to have something else to hold onto in order to get seated (the wall, a railing, etc.) - those 2" between the height of the Zuca and the height of the Swany make a big difference.

Your idea is long overdue and I for one, would volunteer as a test case for any design you might come up with. Elderly passengers, frequent flyers, and road-weary warriors would be your best customers. And by the way, fully equipped, I paid more than $200 for the Zuca, and for the Swany. I'd pay even more for the right design.

Quoting robtel82

Thanks for the feedback guys. Interesting link you sent me for the suitcase with integrated seat, had already found it in my research.

I do know im not inventing a time machine or the soultion for an super efficient power cell thats going to solve global warming. Of course its going to have been invented, i didnt doubt that for a second. But, if something as crude as that is all thats available on the market it is a very good sign. ...Rome wasn't built in a day and all that.

As for the foam block, if we all improvised like that, we'd all still be using sticks and stones to make fire instead of lighters. (if you get what i mean)

yet I like your simplistic thinking!

Keep em comin.

10. Posted by Mormynydd (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y

Hello Rob,
did you get anywhere wi9th your seat suitcase?
Ros