Honda’s latest robotic stool is fun to ride, still impossible to buy
by Richard Lai
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One of the several reasons for why we love CEATEC is that we get to test ride human transporters there (as well as meeting robots of all sorts). Last year we came across Honda’s stool-like UNI-CUB, and this year, the company is back with a new and improved model dubbed UNI-CUB Beta, and it even let attendees ride the vehicles — while wearing Epson’s smart glasses, no less — around the show floor under staff supervision. It should be noted that the Beta was actually first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last November, but that didn’t kill our curiosity.
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While you can’t buy it yet, it’s not hard to imagine how useful it will be to the old, infirm, or disabled. Or even to those folks who can’t drive or don’t have a car.
My cousin could use it to go to the supermarket which is too far to walk. Now she goes on the senior citizen bus.
Can’t come soon enough fmpov!
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