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Honda shows off innovative transportation device

Honda recently showed off a new personal mobility technology that closely mimics a robotic unicycle designed to help disabled people move around.

The new device, the U3-X, has a seat height a bit higher than an average person's waistline, and riders must jump up a bit before they can put their feet on a foot rest.  Honda designed the U3-X so it can move forward and backwards, sideways and diagonally.

Riders simply need to lean the direction they wish to go in, and it has a top speed of 3.7 MPH.  

"We believe this is the first step in realizing the fun of human transportation and expanding that joy indefinitely," Honda President Takanobu Ito said during the event.  "And if my legs get a little weak, I would like to have one of these around the house. It makes it easy to move about."

Honda is known for its robotics development and similar technological advancements, though very few of its new technologies have been made available to the public.  Similar to other breakthroughs, it looks like Honda is more interested in showing off future technologies, not necessarily launching products in the next few years.

In fact, the U3-X development was made possible in part because of Honda's bipedal humanoid research robot known as ASIMO.  

Honda will show off the U3-X during the Tokyo Motor Show in late October, Honda officials said in a statement.

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By PublixE on 9/25/2009 4:24:24 PM , Rating: 1
And if my legs get a little weak, I would like to have one of these around the house. It makes it easy to move about

- Takanobu Ito

Sounds like a device meant for lazy people...

That or I could see it being used for... actually i can't think of anything besides maybe fun and games?

And overpriced vibrator that let's you travel from point-A to point-B at walking speed! What will Honda think of next

- stmok

Thanks for continuing Chauvinism. How and why would you relate this device to a vibrator? By the way your sarcasm
is much like a worn out joke - not funny.

Humans really don't need this to get around. The disabled ones will have trouble getting on it and staying on it. The able-bodied shouldn't use it because they need the exercise. However it will work well for a robot. Reminds me of Rosie on the Jetsons cartoon.



Even though this is not a very technological advance i'm sure furthur down the road it may lead to other advances in technology.

RE: Funny...
By sh3rules on 9/25/2009 4:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
Well, some women can’t ride horses because the experience becomes uncomfortable, so there’s room for humor here. Are you perhaps a Gender Studies undergrad?

RE: Funny...
By stmok on 9/25/2009 6:11:28 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for continuing Chauvinism.

Thanks for reading.

RE: Funny...
By mindless1 on 9/26/2009 6:35:34 PM , Rating: 3
It is an easy leap from this to vibrator since the primary interface is the as$, and afaik, men have them too so the implication is a little troubling but hey, the internet is for pron.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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