Honda’s Robotic Stool is Fun to Ride

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Honda was back at Japan’s CEATEC Tech Show demonstrating its updated personal transporter, the UNI-CUB Beta.

The new version still travels at 3.7 miles/hr and has a 3.7 mile range, but it’s shorter, lighter and a bit more stable and more comfortable. It uses the advanced balance technology developed on the Asimo robot.

Here are the UNI-CUB Beta and UNI-CUB side by side:

Honda unicub2

Honda’s been working on the project for over 5 years and the design has changed significantly. See video from 2009. Here's what the older U3 model looked like:

Honda U3 Stool

You can watch an amazing music video choreographed with hundreds of people on stools here.  As impressive as the UNI-CUB Beta is, there's still no launch date in sight as the company continues to explore potential target markets, as well as to make the product more affordable.

To see more go on over to Engadget's site.

 


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1 Comment to Honda’s Robotic Stool is Fun to Ride

  1. I’m in a wheelchair and cannot cook in my kitchen because the power wheelchair is too big for the quick turns needed to orchestrate cooking. I have destroyed my kitchen cabinets, refer, etc with it. My knees are shot, and I cannot stand now. I hate going in the kitchen. I tried the smallest power chair and it ruined my floor because it wouldn’t move me on the slick surface and scuffed it up.

    I would like the equivalent of a power sitting stool which I can move by body movements like the Uni-Cub if the seat was comfortable enough and the price was right.

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