Using technology derived from the ASIMO bi-pedal humanoid robot, Honda has developed a new personal mobility concept called the U3-X. If this proves successful, owners may never have to walk again. Check out a video of the U3-X in action below the jump.

According to Honda, the U3-X is designed to provide the rider with freedom of movement in any direction forward, backward, sideways and diagonally by simply leaning slightly in the desired direction. Weighing about 22 pounds, the compact one-wheeled device also features a foldable seat and retractable footrests. A lithium-ion battery pack is purported to provide up to one-hour of use and can be recharged by plugging in to a conventional household or office 120-volt power outlet.

Central to the U3-X is an advanced Honda proprietary balance-control system. To realize full freedom of movement in all directions, the U3-X also employs the world’s 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.

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  • Brian

    That video has so much potential. And the UX-3 is an interesting concept.

  • Ed

    This is cool technology. Honda should put this technology to work in the form of a chair that a handicap person could use. It would be more benefit to that person than to some lazy azz person that can walk…

  • The_AirHawk

    Does it come with a giant Hoagie and a Big Gulp?

    Just what Humanity needs. Something ELSE to propel our fat, lazy, slob of an Ass from the Couch to the Cafeteria………

  • HolyCrow

    People need to seriously get off their asses.

  • Walker

    This is a great showcase for Honda’s technology, but in my opinion, a very poor application. Able bodied people should be encouraged to walk for exercize, not take a mechanical device, no matter how cool it seems! I wanna see those svelte models after they’ve been riding those for 6 months. Does the seat expand to accomodate the riders expansion? Two wheeled balancing wheelchairs already exist, so other than the ability to move sideways and diagonally, Honda has created a cute little toy for lazy people with more money than brains. Save your money, buy a good pair of walking shoes, and get some exercize people!