Saturday 26 September 2009

Honda Engineers Omni-directional Mono-mover

Honda has developed a new very compact and portable, one wheeled personal mobility transporter, the U3-X. It is a compact experimental device that the rider straddles which purportedly fits comfortably between the riders legs. The device provide free movement in all directions just as in human walking forward, backward, side-to-side, and diagonally.

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, (developed through the robotics research of ASIMO, Honda's bipedal humanoid robot).

The U3-X is the worlds first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System, or HOT Drive System), enables movement in all directions, including not only forward and backward, but also directly to the right and left and diagonally.
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