Honda har presentert et helt nytt fremkomstmiddel på en pressekonferanse i Tokyo.
Rulla går under modellnavnet U3-X og er foreløpig ikke i noen serieproduksjon, men mer som en prototype, selv om det finnes flere modeller av den.
U3-X gir brukeren tilnærmet lik bevegelsesfrihet som om hun eller han skulle bruke føttene. Representanter for Honda sa under pressevisningen at de vil fortsette utviklingen av nyskapningen.
Styres av kroppen
U3-X styres ved at en lener kroppen i den retningen man ønsker å bevege seg. Kroppen brukes dermed til å kontrollere både fart, retning, start og stopp.
U3-X har en innebygget balansegyro som gjør den i stand til å rulle i alle retninger uten å bikke over. Selve hjulet består i virkeligheten av flere små hjul, som da gjør det mulig å bevege seg også sideveis. Rulla driftes selvsagt elektrisk med et Litium Ion batteri som varer i ca en time. Vekta er under 10 Kg.
Er det nok et bevis på at latskapen går i feil retning eller noe som vi alle har behov for?
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Her er presseinformasjonen fra Honda
Honda Develops New Personal Mobility Device With the Goal of Co-existing in Harmony with People — World’s first drive system that enables movement in all directions
TOKYO, Japan, September 24, 2009 – Pursuing the concept of «harmony with people» Honda has developed a new personal mobility technology and unveiled U3-X, a compact experimental device that fits comfortably between the rider’s legs, to provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking – forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally. Honda will continue research and development of the device including experiments in a real-world environment to verify the practicality of the device.
This new personal mobility device makes it possible to adjust speed and move, turn and stop in all directions when the rider leans the upper body to shift body weight. This was achieved through application of advanced technologies including Honda’s balance control technology, which was developed through the robotics research of ASIMO, Honda’s bipedal humanoid robot, and the world’s first* omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System, or HOT Drive System), which enables movement in all directions, including not only forward and backward, but also directly to the right and left and diagonally. In addition, this compact size and one-wheel-drive personal mobility device was designed to be friendly to the user and people around it by making it easier for the rider to reach the ground from the footrest and placing the rider on roughly the same eye level as other people or pedestrians.
Honda is planning to showcase the U3-X at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009 (sponsored by JAMA) which will begin on October 24, 2009 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.
Striving to propose the next-generation mobility which expands the joy and fun of mobility, Honda has been conducting robotics research since 1986, including ASIMO, walking assist devices and U3-X, at the Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Fundamental Technology Research Center in Wako, Saitama, Japan.
Key features of U3-X
1. Device control featuring application of balance control technology cultivated through ASIMO research:
The incline sensor detects the incline of the device based on the weight shift of the rider and determines the rider’s intention in terms of the direction and speed. Based on the data, precise control is applied to return the device to an upright position, which achieves smooth and agile movements and simple operation by weight shift only.
2. HOT Drive System (Omni-directional driving wheel system):
Honda developed the world’s first wheel structure which enables movement in all directions including forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally. Multiple small-diameter motor-controlled wheels were connected in-line to form one large-diameter wheel. By moving the large-diameter wheel, the device moves forward and backward, and by moving small-diameter wheels, the device moves side-to-side. By combining these movements the device moves diagonally.
Compact and innovative package:
The combination of the balance control technology and the HOT Drive System enabled the one-wheel style compact and innovative package of the device. In addition, the device adopts a light-weight monocoque body in which the foldable seat, footrests and body cover that also function as the frame are stored in the body of the device, achieving highly portable convenience.