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原動機付き一輪車「SBU v2」は時速100キロ以上で走行が可能

アメリカ、ワシントンD.C.にオフィスがあるデザイン会社「Focus Design Inc」が販売する原動機付き一輪車「Self Balancing Unicycle(SBU) v2」のご紹介です。

SBU v2 はホンダの U3-X より実用的かも

1年ほど前にホンダの電動式一輪車「U3-X」が話題になりましたが、最高時速6kmの最長走行時間1時間で全く実用的でないとも言われていました。

今回ご紹介する原動機付き一輪車「Self Balancing Unicycle(SBU) v2」は前方向のみの移動&バランス機能なしではありますが、通常時速16km、最高時速100km以上で最長走行距離20kmとなかなか実用的そうです。値段は約14万円とのこと。

参考サイト:SBU V2.0 Design – Focus Designs Inc

[YouTube] Self Balancing Unicycle (SBU) V2.0

This video marks the release of the much-improved SBU V2.0. Driven by a 1000 Watt internal hub motor and state-of-the-art LiFePO4 batteries the SBU V2.0 is hours of fun and entertainment.   Visit http://www.focusdesigns.com for more info including how to purchase yours today!

[YouTube] U3X Personal Mobility Prototype

With U3-X Honda rethinks the concept of personal mobility, providing the rider with freedom of movement in any direction forward, backward, sideways and diagonally by simply leaning slightly in the desired direction. The lightweight and compact one-wheeled device also features a foldable seat and retractable footrests. A lithium-ion battery pack provides power for up to one-hour of use and can be recharged by plugging in to a conventional household or office 120-volt power outlet. Weighing roughly 22 pounds, U3-X uses an advanced Honda proprietary balance-control system which derives from its research into human walking dynamics for the development of the ASIMO bi-pedal humanoid robot. To realize full freedom of movement in all directions, the U3-X also employs the worlds first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System) which utilizes a series of concentrically mounted wheels a larger, forward and backward moving inner wheel and a series of smaller sideways moving outer wheels. Diagonal motion is achieved when both forward and sideways moving wheels operate in tandem.  In addition, the compact size and one-wheel-drive design of U3-X was intended to provide user-friendly and pedestrian-friendly operation with low-mounted foot pedals that make it easy for the rider to reach the ground, and a seat height that places the rider at approximately the same eye-level as other people.

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2010年11月04日

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