Honda U3-X – another cool Japanese invention

Honda U3-X

Honda U3-X

When I saw following movie I just couldn’t figure out what the heck it was or what it was for. But I was curious and looked it up.

It’s a Honda U3-X, a self-balancing one-wheeled electric vehicle designed for personal transport, and it was considered to be one of the 50 best inventions of 2009. Take a look at the video, it’s pretty funny!

From wikipedia:

“Honda U3-X is 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.

It uses Honda Omni-Traction (HOT) drive system to permit it to move in any lateral direction. The system uses multiple small diameter motorist wheels connected inline to form one large diameter wheel.

Rotating the large diameter wheel moves the U3-X forward and backward, while rotating the small diameter wheels moves it side-to-side. Combining these movements causes the U3-X to move diagonally.”
 

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