|Ever thought about learning how to ride a unicycle? Tired of walking to your destination but want a less bulky alternative to the Segway? Well, the Honda U3-X is just right for you.|
The U3-X is basically a high-tech unicycle that is self-powered and self-balancing which makes it very easy to ride. It brings the the concept of personal mobility to a new level, providing the rider with freedom of movement in any direction forward, backward, sideways, and diagonally, simply by leaning in the desired direction. It utilizes an advanced balance control system developed by Honda from research into human walking dynamics on the ASIMO bi-pedal humanoid robot.
The U3-X employs the worlds first omni-directional driving wheel system, the Honda Omni Traction Drive System, that utilizes a single bi-directional wheel that includes a powered main wheel that drives the U3-X forwardly and rearwardly. A plurality of transversely mounted, tapered rollers are mounted around an outer periphery of the main wheel that are separately powered from the main wheel to drive the U3-X in both lateral directions. Diagonal motion is achieved by driving the main wheel and rollers in coordination.
The U3-X features an elegant look, is lightweight (about 22 pounds), and compact with a foldable seat and retractable footrests. The compact size and one-wheel-drive design of U3-X provides user-friendly and pedestrian-friendly operation. The foot pedals make it easy for the rider to reach the ground and a seat height places the rider at approximately the same eye-level as people who are walking.
The U3-X is powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that provides power for up to one-hour of use. Recharging is as simple as plugging in the Honda U3-X to a conventional 110-volt power outlet.
Watch this short video to see the Honda U3-X in action:
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