It may have never crossed your mind, but what if you could ride your camera bag around town? What if, instead of carrying it, it carried you at up to 15mph for up to 9 miles, maybe even charging some of your small devices as you went?
Well, that’s exactly what the Movpak — part bag, part remote-controlled skateboard, part charging station — does.
The Movpak wasn’t designed as a camera bag, but we’re very hopeful there’ll be a camera option somewhere down the line, because we could see many a camera nerd loving this kind of versatility.
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Done shooting in one part of town? No need to hoof it or limit the distance you can cover in one day of street photography. Instead, just fold out the skateboard, grab the wireless remote, and zoom away at 15mph.
The range of the Movpak is 9 miles, but if you don’t need to go quite that far, you can use it to charge small devices as well. And once you’re back home, it’ll recharge fully in about 2 hours.
Of course, there are pitfalls… and they come in the form of “price” and “weight.”
Even without anything in it, the Movpak weighs a hefty 17lbs. Start packing camera gear in there and it could get pretty heavy pretty fast.
And then there’s the price. The Movpak is currently trying to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter to become a reality, and even though it looks like it’ll reach its goal, the minimum you’ll have to spend to get your own is $1,190… and that’s the early bird special.
If it’s any consolation, that’s $810 cheaper than the expected retail price, but it’s still a pretty penny.
Like we said, it’s likely the Movpak will become a reality, and when it does, it’ll cost a whole lot more than it does now. Does that mean this non camera gear-specific version is worth dropping $1,200 on? Maybe. Maybe not. It really depends on you.
But if you want to learn more about this bag you can actually ride around on, or you’re ready to plunk down the cash and secure one for yourself, head over to the Movpak Kickstarter by clicking here.