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#374392 - 04/23/10 01:45 AM Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype
Marty Offline
With U3-X Honda rethinks the concept of personal mobility, providing the rider with freedom of movement in any direction forward, backward, sideways and diagonally by simply leaning slightly in the desired direction. The lightweight and compact one-wheeled device also features a foldable seat and retractable footrests. A lithium-ion battery pack provides power for up to one-hour of use and can be recharged by plugging in to a conventional household or office 120-volt power outlet.

Weighing roughly 22 pounds, U3-X uses an advanced Honda proprietary balance-control system which derives from its research into human walking dynamics for the development of the ASIMO bi-pedal humanoid robot. To realize full freedom of movement in all directions, the U3-X also employs the worlds first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) which utilizes a series of concentrically mounted wheels a larger, forward and backward moving inner wheel and a series of smaller sideways moving outer wheels. Diagonal motion is achieved when both forward and sideways moving wheels operate in tandem.

In addition, the compact size and one-wheel-drive design of U3-X was intended to provide user-friendly and pedestrian-friendly operation with low-mounted foot pedals that make it easy for the rider to reach the ground, and a seat height that places the rider at approximately the same eye-level as other people.


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#374401 - 04/23/10 02:41 AM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: Marty]
SP Daily Offline
Nice! But might struggle on the streets of San Pedro...

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#374427 - 04/23/10 07:12 AM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: SP Daily]
seashell Offline
Very interesting and may herald a whole new day/way when the wheel system morphs into the car industry. Just the other day, I saw a video of a forklift that used a similar wheel concept and could move sideways. Very cool. Imagine parking your car!

In the meantime, I'd be interested to see how older overweight people make out on this Mobility Prototype. In this video, I'm seeing two extremely thin and very young women that are probably in their prime physical condition. Why would they need something like this in the first place? Disabled people probably wouldn't be able to use it and older people may have balance problems.

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#374455 - 04/24/10 12:07 AM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: seashell]
Diane Campbell Offline
So is this a one-wheeled Segway for people who would rather be sitting down?
Kinda strange as presented but I'll bet this technology will eventually find a very useful application (more than likely for something totally different).




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#374546 - 04/25/10 04:05 AM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: Diane Campbell]
reaper Offline
That gizmo would work well for a lot of disabled folks that currently have cumbersome wheelchairs to navigate around in.

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#374558 - 04/25/10 07:29 AM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: reaper]
seashell Offline
My mom was wheelchair bound and there's no way that she'd have been able to do this thing. Nor would anyone else that I know that uses a wheelchair. This is not to say that no one that uses a wheelchair would be able to use it, just that the people of my acquaintance would not be able to use it.
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#374565 - 04/25/10 02:08 PM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: seashell]
Craigswench Offline
Well, I think for the most part, this is a waste of money, except to help lazy skinny people become lazier people. As the former mom of a disabled child, this would have been workless. And as a current so of a disabled adult, this would be worthless. And as a former professional in the medical equipment business specializing in mobility, this would be worthless.
But, I'm happy to know that Honda has the resources to spend on development.... at least it's something.

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#378046 - 05/23/10 08:41 PM Re: Honda U3-X Personal Mobility Prototype [Re: seashell]
TiredOfTheUS Offline
Originally Posted By: seashell
Very interesting and may herald a whole new day/way when the wheel system morphs into the car industry. Just the other day, I saw a video of a forklift that used a similar wheel concept and could move sideways. Very cool. Imagine parking your car!

In the meantime, I'd be interested to see how older overweight people make out on this Mobility Prototype. In this video, I'm seeing two extremely thin and very young women that are probably in their prime physical condition. Why would they need something like this in the first place? Disabled people probably wouldn't be able to use it and older people may have balance problems.



Was thinking the exact same thing. Its kinda like when I see informercials on all this excersise equipment? you see men and women all ready toned up / six pac abs etc and the viewer thinks gosh, i'll buy that machine and I'll have a body that looks like that. Ahhhhh the power of advertising!
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