Move over Segway- Honda's got the Uni-cub

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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:17 AM
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Here's how to sell the next, wow you must be so lazy, people mover.

Put a bunch of smiling, young, skinny people on it and buzz around your office to reduce the chances you'll be exposed to unnecessary exercise, while saving needless wear and tear on your favorite shoes.


a personal mobility device that lets you glide around the office or the aquarium perched comfortably on what looks like a trash compactor on wheels.


Owner's note: There will be significant exposure to the risk of unnecessary exercise within crowded areas due to the fact that the rider will be required to actually 'shift' their body weight in order to control their direction changes.





A promotional video for the Uni-Cub shows thin attractive people using it to glide down office hallways, and in and out of elevators. It looks very elegant, but one wonders why these thin attractive people need a mobility device in the first place.


I have to admit though, the multi-directional mono wheel design is way cool.



Maybe it's me, I just don't get it. With ER's full of McDonald's based carbon units on a daily bases, one would think more walking would be in order than, less walking.

articles.orlandosentinel.com...
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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:21 AM
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Now little fat kids will be able to roll around from snack to snack
(Joke coutesy of Greg Giraldo on behalf of Heely shoes)



Ps
RIP Greg Giraldo, You were by far, the best Roast Comic.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:25 AM
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God bless the Japanese.

I am always impressed with the innovations that they manage to come up with.

Personally I would prefer their Nissian Skyline GTR to get around in.

but..........

If this thing came with a built-in Esky and toilet roll holder I might just consider buying one!
edit on 5-12-2012 by Sublimecraft because: Grammar error - too consumed thinking about my Esky and dunny paper idea



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:29 AM
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With no back and not much of a seat, it looks relatively uncomfortable, that rules out the office market since uncomfortable workers are unhappy workers.

The design doesn't seem geared towards making an XL version, and even if mobility scooter users did fit on them, fat people are notoriously bad at controlling how they shift their weight, leading to lots of law suits against Honda.

They will probably be too expensive for a novelty gift.

Right, that rules out every possible customer I can think of except the super rich and insanely bored, who tend not to be a large portion of society. Can anyone see a real life application for this technology or is it just another "anything you can do we can do better" marketing stunt?



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:35 AM
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Or we can just walk around like normal people.
If I saw one whizz by the temptation to nudge them a little would be very very high.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:42 AM
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It looks like they are taking a dump. Does it have a built in toilet?



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:48 AM
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This product was featured on Shark Tank, a television show about millionaires financing entrepreneurial endeavors. It was invented by two American guys but none of the sharks invested. The inventors said they had potential buyers. I wonder if Honda bought it or just stole the idea?



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:54 AM
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A day or two ago I had thought about the big secret buzz over the segway and how it didn't seem to amount to much.

Now this, round two. I am now envisioning people rolling around stores and having to dodge them. Time for someone to invent the carrier for this so it attaches to a car and can be deployed at the grocery store.

Just walk...



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:55 AM
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When did walking become such a difficult chore?



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 10:04 AM
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I do agree that this product will be primarily used by lazy asses but I can see some good uses.

One, college campuses. Some are so spread out that students need a car to get across in time for the next class. This makes parking a problem. It could cut down the number of cars.

Also, maybe it could be used by couriers in large cities.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 10:06 AM
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It's cheaper, faster and healthier to just get a bike. Physical disabilities aside of course.

And bikes arent loaded with minerals mined from slave labor in warlord run regions like so many electronic component maerials.
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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 10:30 AM
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You are correct on all counts.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 10:55 AM
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Originally posted by micmerci
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I do agree that this product will be primarily used by lazy asses but I can see some good uses.

One, college campuses. Some are so spread out that students need a car to get across in time for the next class. This makes parking a problem. It could cut down the number of cars.

Also, maybe it could be used by couriers in large cities.


Yes the press release indicates that this thing is primarily for office type environments. I would assume that the funky, forward and sideways, wheel is not conducive to changes in upgrades/downgrades, etc.

I could see this being very useful once inside the office or classroom however, a disabled person could switch from the big wide wheelchair, or electric three wheeler, and use this instead to free up the space around them.


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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 10:56 AM
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gotta love the 90's porno music in the background.... is that what plays out of it's speakers?

whether they make people less active and more lethargic is one thing... but you know its gonna sell like hotcakes.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 11:01 AM
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Originally posted by prevenge
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gotta love the 90's porno music in the background.... is that what plays out of it's speakers?

whether they make people less active and more lethargic is one thing... but you know its gonna sell like hotcakes.


Only the models sold in Japan feature, (without additional cost to you), the embedded 'Nintendo Greatest Hits of the 90's" soundtrack.
Hot collector item right there.


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posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 11:07 AM
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All that ingenuity gone into this?
I ure hope theres spinoffs because this is just wasted effort.



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Originally posted by Lonewulph
ER's full of McDonald's based carbon units on a daily basis,


LW-
I follow your posts with great interest- for the most part they seem level-headed, informative and well thought. However, I starred your OP for that line right there (forgive the spelling correction- the Quality guy in me...). I'm still cleaning the sandwich bits off my screen...Lauhing so hard it hurts!!

Thanks for the lunchtime belly bustin' laugh! Truly appreciated!!

Tom
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edit on 5-12-2012 by PaTommyJ because: my spell ing booboo...and OP's



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 12:27 PM
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You bet Tommy Boy! I hope you didn't lose too much of a good sandwich



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 12:30 PM
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reminds me of those people movers used in the movie WALL-E



posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 12:54 PM
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Wasn't there something similar to this on "Shark Tank" a few weeks ago.
I built myself a ride like this about two years ago, but it has two pull wheels and a set of casters for stability.(no computer needed)
My neighbor says it looks wierd when I ride, standing up. He just can't figure out how I steer it.
I tell him it's "mind control"!





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