If you are always around airports you may have waited a few hours for a connection or a canceled flight. We all know how it works: too long to not take a nap, too little time for a hotel.
So what? In these cases, each seeks the best accommodation. There are the lounge rooms, often occupied. The uncomfortable benches. The terrifying floor. One way is always found, but discomfort becomes an integral part of this piece of the journey.
To avoid this comes Trolleby, a suitcase that if necessary becomes a shelter, almost a camping tent.
Reformulation: an airport floor tent.
Invented by the Austrian entrepreneur Marc Brugger, Trollaby is a somewhat fusion of the names “trolley”, the classic suitcase on wheels, and “lullaby”, pillow.
When not in action, the tent settles into a very thin section of the luggage, the size of a notebook pocket.
When it's time to get some sleep while waiting for the next one hyper-technological plane (maybe!) just find a quiet place at the airport and pull a special strap to unlock the mechanism.
Two striking retractable aluminum pegs free themselves from the tension of the tear-off straps that held them firm and open harmoniously.
The shape is precisely that of a tent, under which you can position yourself not before having inflated a small mattress for greater comfort.
You just have to slowly slip into sleep after carefully adjusting the alarm clock.
Risks of baggage theft while we sleep dreaming of being Viktor Navorski having dinner with Katherine Zeta Jones? Nobody: the system is made to wake us up instantly if someone tries to take away the suitcase.
The whole system weighs just over 900 grams, and I'm not saying that I want to stay dozing on the floor, but certainly my back gains in health.
Trollaby is, like many of the futuristic gadgets that I present, the subject of a crowdfunding campaign. You can find it on Kickstarter at the price of 69 €. When and if it reaches enough funds at launch, the price will rise to € 89.