We sell Honda cars in Austin, so that kind of makes us somewhat of geniuses regarding Honda car technology, but this company just keeps surprising us. If you thought Honda couldn’t get more technologically advanced, check this out: the Honda U3-x.
The U3-X is a personal mobility device and it’s Honda’s latest experimental gadget to come out of their Technology R&D. This tiny uni-wheeled unit permits free movement in all directions from the suggestive leaning (shifting of weight) of the rider. Basically, a witch’s broom that doesn’t fly (and is not a broom). The U3-X stands on its own as the center of gravity is built from the same balancing principals ASIMO utilizes.
Asked about the creation of the U3-X, Shinichiro Kobashi (the person responsible for the device’s development) from the Fundamental Technology Research Center says that he came up with the original sketch during a brainstorming session about the vehicles of the future. Three years later, the project was inaugurated and presented to the public during a press conference in Japan.
The device was presented in NYC, but Honda hasn’t release any information on whether it’s going to be available for purchase. So until we know for sure we can keep dreaming of the day we can finally ride on a pseudo-witch’s broom.RSS Feed