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Don't like walking? Honda UNI-CUB is for you then

Posted: 18 May 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:robotic unicycle  omni-directional driving wheel system 

Honda Motor Co. Ltd has unveiled a robotic unicycle, called UNI-CUB, which can provide the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking, the carmaker said.

UNI-CUB features Honda's proprietary balance control technology and the world's first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System), which, according to the company, allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight.

The balance control technology allows the rider to freely control the wheels of the UNI-CUB and to manoeuvre while moving side by side with or holding hands with another person.

"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."

When the rider is using weight shift control, UNI-CUB's incline sensor detects the direction in which the rider is leaning, allowing UNI-CUB to calculate the direction and speed intended by the rider. And touch panel control via smartphone and other devices is another convenient control option.

The UNI-CUB is part of Honda's robot family, which includes a humanoid robot called ASIMO.

Starting in June 2012, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

In addition, this project will explore the practical applications of the device in a wide range of environments in Japan and other countries, the company added.

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