New UNI-CUB Personal Mobility Device Released By Honda

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Honda has unveiled a new personal mobility device called the UNI-CUB. The device is a unicycle. The new version is the latest evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda unveiled 2009. The new version has Honda’s proprietary balance control technology.
Japanese auto maker, Honda has released a preview of a new personal mobility device dubbed the UNI-CUB.

An evolution of the U3-X unicycle EV that has been shown globally since the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, the UNI-CUB employs the same impressive balance control and omni-directional wheel as its predecessor, with the biggest differences appearing to be the addition of an extra wheel, a comfier perch and optional user control via a mobile phone or tablet.

Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking. Representing the evolution of the U3-X personal mobility device that Honda announced in 2009, UNI-CUB features Honda's proprietary balance control technology and the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System).

These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.  This contrasts with other self-balancing unicycles available on the market.

Moreover, UNI-CUB's compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider's legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians. According to Honda, this configuration promotes harmony between the rider and others, letting the rider travel freely and comfortably inside facilities and among moving people.

Honda says it will begin demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation from June with a view to exploring applications for the device.

SOURCE  Gizmag

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