For the next generation, walking could be a thing of the past. Honda has unveiled a new product – UNI-CUB, that allows riders to sit down comfortably and coast around indoors on a compact motorized chair.
Introducing the Honda UNI-CUB
The UNI-CUB is small and agile enough to maneuver through the office without disturbing its surroundings. It’s specifically designed for indoor settings such as malls, airports, and even offices, with a max speed of 4 MPH.
The Honda UNI-CUB functions rather like a motorized unicycle. The UNI-CUB will eliminate walking from place to place and getting any sort of unwanted exercise. The Honda UNI-CUB weighs 55 lbs and measures 24.4” in height. It can easily be stored in a closet of right under your work desk for convenience. Honda has yet to develop a way to automatically remove you from your computer chair and place you on the UNI-CUB, but when there’s a will, there’s a way.
The controls of the UNI-CUB are somewhat similar to that of the upright hoverboard sensation over the past year from makers like IO Hawk or Segway. You accelerate by leaning forward or in any direction you want to go. Alternatively, the Honda UNI-CUB can also be controlled with a remote control. You don’t even have to be sitting on your UNI-CUB to control it.
UNI-CUB uses Honda’s proprietary Omni Traction Drive System for mobility spanning all directions. The tire is made up of many smaller wheels that are perpendicular to the unit. It’s basically made up of lots of other smaller tires running side to side rather than front to back. The result is a vehicle that appears to move smoothly and seamlessly in any direction, including pivoting and turning in place.
The self balancing scooter like vehicle utilizes a lithium-ion battery that charges in roughly an hour and half and yields about an equal time of continuous use with four miles of range. Once the Honda UNI-CUB becomes available for purchase, the natural way to get from point A to B may become obsolete.