Meet FUGU An Inflatable Luggage Case
Fugu Luggage is capable of transforming from a maximum carry-on size to a maximum check-in size suitcase within minutes. Named after the pufferfish (Fugu), the bag can transform between different carrying capacity sizes thanks to the side walls similar to accordion. The case measures 55 cm wide, 35 cm deep and 23 cm high with a volume of 40 L to comply with the limitations imposed by airlines for maximum carry-on size. Fugu can extend to a height of 68 cm with a volume of 120 L. It weighs 4 kg, which is about the same as the average sized luggage.
For the conversion to begin, the user has to inflate the suitcase walls that have been manufactured with drop stich – a rugged PVC material found in inflatable boats. The inflation can be carried out in a number of ways; one could use the electric pump, an external pump (part of the package) or make use of the power of lungs to breathe in the air through an external tube. The built-in pump is also capable of deflating any vacuum bags to reduce the volume of clothing during packing.
We all know your belongings need to be protected when they are inside the luggage and fear not, for this aspect has been dealt with as well. The Fugu team has claimed that the drop stitch walls are strong enough to take a beating and even the top and bottom of the case can withstand impacts thanks to the ABS plastic they have been made from. The case is waterproof and passed the altitude drop test with flying colors.
The case is equipped with removable shelves that turn the bag into a storage unit, allowing the users to live out of the suitcase without going through the trouble of unpacking and packing to and from a hotel closet. The fully extended height of the case makes it a favorable choice to be used as a table or laptop stand. Fugu also contains an optional laptop case that can be removed if required. It comes with omni multi-directional wheels to assist in easy dragging of the case.
The Fugu Luggage concept came from Isaac Atlas who formed a team with Daniel Gindis and David Lifshitz to further develop the idea. The Israel based team has already managed to receive a grant from Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel’s Ministry of Economy. Their Kickstarter campaign is being run with pledges starting from $219.