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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanov May 02, 2022
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Come up with a solution to the problem: many people, when they travel, do not like to pack up the suitcase and unpack things. How to avoid or automate this? This can provide a solution for a new type of product or service and a market segment.
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Clothes rolled in bundles of 3-5

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic May 02, 2022
It's not exactly automation but it's easier than classic folding. This video shows a few popular packing methods:

Mine is a hybrid of rolling and folding. I bundle multiple clothes together and fold or roll them into groups of three to five. To prevent shirts from wrinkling when I go somewhere where shirts need to remain ironed, I stuff them tightly with underwear and t-shirts, then carefully roll them to prevent wrinkles. I then cover them with more t-shirts to protect them from anything that could press against them.
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanova month ago
This is rather about preventing clothes from crumpling than saving time from packing and unpacking suitcases, no? Or do you mean, people spend time to packing and unpacking in the trial to prevent crumpling and this part of time is saved by your idea?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
Mikhail Korsanov if someone didn't care about wrinkling, they could just lay multiple clothes one on top of the other, and roll them. Put the roll into the suitcase, then repeat with the next multi-clothes roll. A few such rolls and you're done packing. To unpack you take out a roll, unroll it on the bed and throw it over a chair. Then pick out clothes to wear and throw the rest back over a chair. That's what my hotel rooms look like:)
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanova month ago
Darko Savic Good. What about other things, not clothing?
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Build a machine for this

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Povilas S
Povilas S May 02, 2022
It's not hard to imagine a "packing machine". You put the suitcase you want to fill up in the dedicated section of a machine, and then put the items you want to pack in another section one by one, simply throw them there. The machine measures the dimensions of your suitcase, the exact space there is available to fill up, and calculates the best way to do it according to the space available, the number of items, the materials that the items are made from, etc., and then packs it up in the most compact way possible.
If you put too many items inside, it informs you of this and lets you choose the least important ones to exclude. There could be machines only dedicated to packing standard size suitcases (like the free size bag allowed on many economy airlines) and there could also be ones that can pack suitcases of various sizes.
Such a machine might not be easy to build, but it sure seems possible.
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanova month ago
Yep. I imagine a special place where you can go to with all your things, and the machine will do the job for you for a fee. However, the 50% of job here is to think: what you need in the travel and also, where it is in your house, or if you need to buy it, if yes, then where. What about this?
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa month ago
Mikhail Korsanov I think having the machine at home is the way to go. Having this as a public service would hardly make things easier. You'd have to first carefully select the things you want to pack, then drive them (or even worse - carry them) together with the suitcase somewhere to the public "packing shop". This would be a bigger hassle than packing them yourself at home.
If you had such a machine at home, however, you could pretty much throw random things inside the machine and not worry much about selecting them carefully. I imagine it working like that - you simply think of things you might need, throw them in the machine (similarly to how you throw dirty clothes inside the washing machine), it then displays all the things you threw on the screen, you can reselect again from the images the items to actually be packed (time to think and reconsider in the process).
Preferably the machine should be coupled with a talking AI assistant, which would advise you in the process. The more you travelled and used the machine for packing, the more the AI would know about your habits and things that you take, things that you actually use, and those you never use even though you pack them out of fear, etc. You'd talk with the assistant and discuss your packing business before and after the travel. After some time the AI would be able to tell you what to pack in advance just by knowing where, with whom, and for how long you're going away.
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanov23 days ago
Povilas S Yes, coupled with AI to pre-select things that are probable to be approved by you, that sounds reasonable. Also, this will take a system of things identification/recognition and understanding geo-targets and goals of your travel. I suppose, the system will be quite expensive. It may be good, if it is just a function of a multi-functional home robot. Then costs will be divided over many functions, so this one will cost reasonably.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovica month ago
Have a set of clothes in your bag just for travel. You'll take them out when you need to wash them, but that's about the only time. After the wash, you pack them in the bag, and they stay there. You don't unpack when you get home.
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanov23 days ago
Goran Radanovic In case you travel often and it takes a typical set of things, then yes, this really may be a solution. But many people are not professional travellers but occasional ones. Then the set of things may be quite different each time...
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Darko Savic
Darko Savica month ago
I once went to New Zealand carrying only the clothes I had on me and money. I bought everything I needed there including a bag to carry my stuff back home:)
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Mikhail Korsanov
Mikhail Korsanov23 days ago
Darko Savic It will take time for selecting and buying things instead of thinking about what things to take and packing them. After you have baught the things, you still need to pack them in the bag) Does this really save time?
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic20 days ago
Mikhail Korsanov the general idea was that shopping will be fun to do and would have happened regardless. Even at airports while waiting for the flights. It also creates an interesting situation where you become a "new person" by having nothing of yours with you.
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