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Kickstarter Campaign for Inflatable Suitcase Surpasses Goal


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HT fugu luggage ll 141202 16x9 992?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1417632671202Fugu Luggage(NEW YORK) — It’s like a suitcase on steroids.

Fugu luggage, named for the Japanese puffer fish that inflates itself, can blow up from a carry on to a check-in bag, plus serve as a closet and table.

Its Kickstarter campaign set an initial goal of $50,000 but already has more than $300,000 with just nine days left to go.

Fugu, a campaign video says, solves the “eternal dilemma” of travelers: Carry-on or full-size suitcase?

Issac Atlas, Fugu’s inventor, said the idea for the suitcase came from his wife who always wanted to bring a large suitcase despite Atlas telling her a “carry-on was enough.”

It works like this: The suitcase expands vertically from the side walls through a built-in electric pump. The walls are built from the same material used to build surf boards.

“You can literally throw it against a wall,” Atlas says in the video. Luckily, the walls are shock-absorbent.

When inflated, the suitcase has shelves and a place to hang clothing. It also comes with an attached, removable laptop case.

The suitcase, when available, will be priced at $300 or less.

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