Honda’s answer to Segway looks a lot like Serge

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Honda’s answer to Segway looks a lot like Serge
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MZ_AltTransportation-Badge.gifOK, so, Gareth may not like it, but this video of Honda’s prototype U3-X omni-wheeled personal vehicle my brother just sent me is rather more persuasive than the shaky hand-cam footage of nervous American riders Gar posted back in 2009. Although I agree the butt-pads are kind of creepy. From IEEE Spectrum:

The U3-X uses a balance control system that derives from Honda’s research on human walking dynamics for its famed ASIMO bipedal humanoid robot. When the rider leans his or her body, an angle tilt sensor sends data to the balance control system, which in turns moves the wheel, maintaining balance.

Also, is it just me, or does the U3-X look a lot like the Graystone’s house servitron from the BSG spin-off Caprica? [Thanks, Glen!]

8 thoughts on “Honda’s answer to Segway looks a lot like Serge

  1. hbetts says:

    Ok, I was fine with the video until they went outside and playing on some hidden speakers was a pan-flute version of Norwegian Wood. Too much… I spit my coffee.

  2. Carnes says:

    I agree with you. If they remove the butt-flaps and put a sensor package on top, it would look nearly identical.

  3. box says:

    I kind of feel like anything the height of a chair that has a sleek design and only one wheel will end up looking similar to your Caprica robot thing.

    It’s not like there is much to either one’s design, anyways

  4. hendrixxy says:

    this is like a portable version of the motorized mini carts the obese use in supermarkets. apart from more advanced wheel chairs i don’t see very much use for this.

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