This little wheeled robot can carry all your stuff for you


The world of robotics can be intimidating for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that malicious automated machines are often the premise of sci-fi thrillers. But for the most part, today’s robots are harmless and can even be useful at times. Just look at Piaggio Fast Forward, a Boston-based robotics maker who just announced their adorable new assistant, Gitamini.

Gitamini is a personal cargo transporter that weighs almost 30 lbs and is roughly the same size as a border collie. It has the capacity to carry up to 20 lbs of gear and can operate with its lid open to make room for those large, skinny items in your possession.

Some of the other specs include the ability to travel up to 21 miles, pair with an individual user, and sense details of their surroundings. In other words, the Gitamini is basically a kind of wheeled backpack that follows you without encountering other people or objects.

Smaller and smarter The Gitamini is the follow-up to another cargo bot called Gita, which was almost double the size. Everything in the original Gita was bigger and bulkier – the machine has a load capacity of up to almost 2,000 cubic inches and is capable of hauling up to 40 lbs. Combine that with the ability to travel at 6 mph, and the Gita has become a bit of a pedestrian hazard. Of course, you could probably stow all your groceries in the machine, but that could also get in the way of a rider due to its belt-mounted tracker.

Gitamini has abandoned this tracker instead of a more sophisticated spatial recognition system: a combination of cameras and radars in order to see its surroundings and associate with a particular user. Speaking of which, with the push of a button, the company claims that Gitamini can identify its user and then associate with them using only visual and radar cues.

We asked ourselves “how to bring this innovation to a new segment of consumers?” Gitamini is the answer – an updated lightweight robot that’s more maneuverable indoors and out, ”said Greg Lynn, CEO of PFF. “It packs the next generation of robotics in a more compact and fashionable shell.”

Who knew the next generation of robotics was just a cooler with bigger rims?