Honda has created a mobility device that moves in any direction and is designed to replace walking.
The U3-X is a cross between a stool and a monocycle and uses similar sensors to Honda’s Asimo robot to remain upright at all times.
The rider shifts his or her body weight to steer the device either forwards, backwards, diagonally or sideways.
The system uses a large wheel made up of many small motor-controlled wheels. In forward motion the large wheel turns and the device moves sideways on the smaller wheels. It combines the two to steer diagonally.
The US-X weighs 10kg and has a foldable seat and lightweight body to make it fully portable. It runs on a lithium ion battery, which lasts for around an hour.