If you’re female there’s an extremely high chance that whatever you do, wherever you go, you won’t set off from home without your bag. You bag might well contain everything you need for the day such as mobile phone, cash, cards, i.d., drivers license etc etc. It may have your keys in too.
However, what if you manage to forget an item such as your phone, which you’d normally keep in your bag? This is where the LadyBag comes in. It uses the relatively new technology of RFID sensors to detect where your stuff is, and will let you know when you’ve left something where you shouldn’t.
The RFID sensors are small enough to attach to anything that you wouldn’t want to leave behind – whether that’s your lipstick or your keys. Interestingly, if you do happen to leave something, a small icon will light up on the bag, helpfully giving you an indication of what you’ve managed to forget.
Even more than this – and a feature that no doubt will please teens along with many others – is the ability of the bag to display the emotional state of the owner through bag movement. Sensors attached detect how the bag is handled, so if the zip is fiddled with it will look nervous. No word on whether the face will go mental if you forget something though.
Some very creative ladies attending the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Canada have designed the bag. What makes me impressed is that it isn’t Japanese – I was convinced when I first saw it that it would come from the Far East just because of the sheer quirkiness of the thing. I really hope that it goes into production – I can see it being novel enough to be a big success.