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Former astronaut Mamoru Mori, executive director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), rides Honda Motor Co's new UNI-CUB personal mobility device at the museum in Tokyo on Tuesday. Honda unveiled the new device on Tuesday, which allows the rider to control speed, up to 6 kilometers per hour, and direction by shifting their own weight. See story here.

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for ageing society? Good Luck to riders !

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A sit-on Segway!

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Just to add to more chaos on the pavements. If you are lucky to find a pavement of course.

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I would like it in the near future. It would be much better to be able to ride on sidewalks.

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It is compact, but not necessarily safe. I can imagine all sorts of accidents...

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Looks like an electric shaver

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I would like it in the near future.

No need to wait: Segway, an American vehicle that's really famous around the world except Japan, has been available for around a decade.

Japan banned Segays at first, but after some gaiatsu, they can now be used in some pedestrian-only spots. Anyway, as pointed out in another post, that Honda product looks dangerous: it seems the rider has nothing to hold on to.

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No need to wait: Segway, an American vehicle that's really famous around the world except Japan, has been available for around a decade.

Segways are illegal to operate on roads and sidewalks in Japan, there was an article on the site years ago about it.

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And yet another easier way to gain weight. Thank you technology.

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No need to wait: Segway, an American vehicle that's really famous around the world except Japan, has been available for around a decade.

Is that why I've seen only one (the same one twice) actually used by somebody not demonstrating them since I moved overseas in 2007?

Well, I guess they sell better than flying cars at least.

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Looks like a reverse engineering Segway. Why is Japan a trading partner again?

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engineered

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The fat, lazy man's dream!

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@JeffLee

As for Segway I think we have to keep standing but Honda Uni-Cub we can sit on and go easily. It seems more comfortable for elderly people.

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I reckon if you try to ride that on the Japanese sidewalks, with all the cracks, holes, dumps, you are going to fall off and end up with a broken something or other.

The inventor of the Segway went over the top of a 80 foot cliff on his?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315518/Segway-tycoon-Jimi-Heselden-dies-cliff-plunge-scooters.html

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The Uni-Cub is designed for elderly and handicapped people in small rooms indoors but the Segway is for all young and old people rather outdoors. More elderly people lately increase every year in Japan. It seems to be a good reason for them.

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I'll take one if they're being handed out, but no way I'd buy one.

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This Honda link has a 3:30 video (E/J) about the UNI-CUB. Didn't expect it to go sideways also... http://world.honda.com/news/2012/c120515UNI-CUB-Personal-Mobility/video01/index.html

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A college friend's father patented one of these back in the late 1960s in Pittsburg. Thumb-operated control wire I seem to recall. I even rode on it! (Not quite so hi-tech, you had to learn to balance acceleration against braking.)

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The inventor of the Segway went over the top of a 80 foot cliff on his?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315518/Segway-tycoon-Jimi-Heselden-dies-cliff-plunge-scooters.html

Not inventor, but "Mr Heselden had bought the Segway company in a deal last December and planned to further develop the machine." Inventor is Dean Kamen:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_Inc.

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lostrune2

thank you for the correction. The owner of the company not the inventor. Still a Segway with an iPad would be a very cool machine but not allowed in Japan, well except the iPad.

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At first, I didn't notice the UNI-CUB in the picture and thought Mori was doing a James Brown dance for the audience.

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Just noticed that this is a two-wheeler. (The one I rode was a motorized unicycle. My bad.)

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I can see old people riding these things through storefront windows claiming it was in reverse when it was actually in drive.

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The "cool" factor on segways are gone even in the US. In the US, aside from the occasional tourists groups in some large cities, mall security guards and police department that wasted tax payer money on them, you don't see segways much.

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i can ride my bike with no handlebars?

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He is a top bloke, really like him..

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These will be used by little, old people in Japan and fat, young people in America.

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Unfortunately old people tend to lose their sense of balance...

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lazy man's segway :D

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