Apr 13 2010Pull Over That Ass Is Too Fat, Woop Woop!: Honda's New Self Balancing Mobility Thingy

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Honda
, in their unending quest to weaken the human population to the point where we can't even run when they release the robots, has developed the U3-X, a personal mobility device that will allow our legs to atrophy even quicker. Nice try, Honda, but I'm writing this post from the treadmill! Kidding, I haven't gotten out of bed yet and I've already begun drinking.

While it looks like a high-tech unicycle, the U3-X and the technology that underlies it could have far reaching implications on the way we - and robots - get around in the 21st Century. It uses the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) to achieve smooth movement in any direction along with the company's proprietary balance-control system evolved from research into human walking dynamics for ASIMO the humanoid robot.

There's a couple videos after the jump if you want to see the U3-X in action, but if you came here hoping to see me in action I'm afraid you're gonna be disappointed. However I will be dancing in just my boxers tonight with the bedroom blinds open. Standing room only, parking in the bus-lane at your own risk, no flash photography.

Hit the jump for two videos, a short one I watched and a long one I didn't.

Honda's self-balancing U3-X on show [gizmag]

Thanks to David, Bongo and Dick, who don't need U3-X's to know how to roll. You just shake the dice and drop them, amirite?

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Like we're not already lazy enough?
.... just sayin

Those seats aren't big enough for the people who would actually buy these things.

Now that's just sad, lol.

1. guess there is a reason why the promotion video is without sound, damn that thing is loud.
2. rolling sidewards looks hilarious
3. could be much more fun without that seat-thingy Oo (atleast for some people)

Jesus, that's loud. It sounds like riding around on a vacuum cleaner...

Neat, but I'm wondering if they could modify the sound so it doesn't sound like a vacuum cleaner.

Too bad someone like me is going to throw a branch in your path....

Damn that's not much faster than walking. At least a segway is fast enough for mall cops to chase shoplifting punks around. (until they get on the escalator)

Yea and only a boney chinese ass will fit on that thing..........just sayin

Do you think this thing stimulates female genetalia?

@10 maybe if you ride it upside-down.

It'd be awesomer if this thing was a pogo-stick. And hopped instead of rolled.

i would just love to ride around looking like a little kid who's gotta take a shit

fake and gay

lol where do i get 1

Fake n Gay.

I'm gonna go ahead and call this:

If you are above 5'5" this will be extremely uncomfortable to keep put on without feeling like you are doing a squat the whole time.

@16 Lawl..What i told ur mum.

It almost looks like you have to assume a "stress position" to move anywhere. You'll get awesome abs after a while, but isn't it easier to walk?

@18 Tell ur mom no.

time to chop off your legs Japanese lol, or is walk getting that difficult lately?

Give two contestants long poles, and let's see who can knock one another off! Oh, and I do believe I heard the guy mumbling there was a weight limit, so besides being too tall, many of fat Americans will be too heavy! And yeah, I bet rough terrain is a no-no too! :-)

I'm in love with that Asian lady in the picture up there.

wow, those people look SO cool!

People are falling for their tricks. They are only demonstrating them being used by humans in order to dance around their true purpose... Light weight assault robots--as bipedal movement currently is limited only to heavy armored models and specifically designed jumping bots.

The reason it is so small is because Asian people made it lol

@22> really? after 22 posts? cmon i know there are more asiaphiles in here

Kick ass. Make them invisible so I can look like I'm riding an invisible mobility thing.

Im starting to think that Japanese people are retards.

Oh, Japan! You're so silly!

But seriously, this thing is just a waste of energy (gas/electricity), money, and time. If it were faster, it might be a substitute for short travel distances, but it looks like you can walk faster, and get some exercise while you're at it.

the movement seems really smooth. thinking sci-fi wise, make it into a skate board, and that would be one cool ride. how about cars? perfect parallel parking is not long a dream.

WTF.....real men dont read books

Oh good, we can have chicken fights with these:
http://208.106.181.133/_media/imgs/articles2/a96724_a473_murata_seiko_chan2.jpg

Perfect for sports officials. Referees of the future rejoice.

Why? Seriously. WHY?

They are getting us ready for a Zombie invasion not a Robot one, the Flu will mutate due to Flu injections and the Governments of the World know it.

I can't wait for freestyle motocross on these things! Awesome!

Ahh mann this maybe a stupid as hell... but i think it would be fun to fuck around on! haha.... its the people in suits that make it look gay....

I like to get an 8 mobile, ssshhhh don't tell my vespa

It should have a cellphone function and an mp3 player and then it should turn into a ghetto blaster when you carry it on your shoulders, and maybe also turn into a chainsaw to cut trees so it could be more useful then to just get you from place to place provided your pathway is smooth from point a to point b.

Yes, we Americans may be fat and retarded, but the Japanese love to use their superior brainpower to invent genius shit and then promptly misplaced its use. This technology could revolutionize the automobile and wheelchairs, but what are they using it for?

ZOOMING AROUND THE FUCKING HONDA FACTORY!

However.....Bitches get free rides on my personal transport-er thing-y.

*misplace

Happy spell-tards?

as if people arent fat enough. Im sure in like 10 years everyone will have 1 and we'll ALL be as fat as can be. Like in that movie about earth dying or something and they have to live on a ship. Just sad. $50 says either japan or china made this

@42 Yea, Wall•E. Don't act like you haven't seen it...

HEY!!! WHY ARE YOU SO NEGATIVE PEOPLE, IT COULD HELP TO SAFE MONEY, NEVER WORRY ABOUT PARKING, AND OF COURSE IS ELECTRIC, SO DONT CAUSE POLLUTION, PLUS WITH THE HEAVY TRAFFIC YOU COULD SAVE TIME FOR DOING OTHER THINGS INSTEAD OF GETTING ATTASK ON TRAFFIC!!! SO TRY TO BE CREATIVE AND POSITIVE AND DONT SEE JUST THE BAD SIDE OF ALL, REMEMBER IF WE JUST ADJUST AT WHAT WE HAVE, INVENTIONS WILL NEVER APPEAR OR BECOME REAL, SO TRY TO BE CREATIVE AND MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE!!!

Me parece interesante el movimiento de la rueda en tres direcciones, es un buen problema de cinematica. Felicitaciones!!!

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