Monday, September 28, 2009

Honda U3-X Unicycle

Register Hardware reports: [edited]

Honda has created a high-tech unicycle, which the firm’s claimed boasts the world’s first drive system with 360° movement.

The U3-X, described by Honda as an experimental personal mobility service, apparently fits comfortably between the rider’s legs to provide 360° motorised movement. To adjust the U3-X’s speed or direction, all the user has to do is shift their upper bodyweight.

A collection of small-diameter motorised wheels connected in-line to form a single large-diameter wheel allow the U3-X to make 360° movements. The small wheels control side-to-side movements, while the large wheel controls forward and back motions. A combination of both allows the U3-X to move diagonally.

When atop the 315 x 160 x 650mm U3-X, the rider is apparently at 'roughly' the same eye level as pedestrians. The seat, footrests and body cover all fold away into the device’s 10kg body.

The U3-X is powered by a lithium-ion battery, which is good for 60 minutes worth of travel.


Conrad Gempf said...

*sigh* the original article at Register Hardward adds that Honda currently have "no plans to produce" the unicycle "on a commercial scale."

brett jordan said...

yeah... time for blue peter to show us how to make one ourselves using little more than washing up liquid bottles and stick tape...