By >Daimaou - G.G-B
[Hands-On] Professor Furukawa “Compact Mobility” personal vehicle concept.
Back in April, the Shibaura Institute of Technology and the Professor Furukawa released to the world a working prototype to some kind of “Robot Skateboard” known as Compact Mobility.
After contacting the Professor Furukawa, the Institute of Technology kindly invited us to give the “Compact Mobility” a try and to learn more about this new mobility concept.
Pioneer in mobility, the Professor Furukawa known pretty well on what he is talking about and its past work within Honda to develop for example the U3-X Personal Mobility Device and its Patent in Japan on a Segway like device released several years before the actual Segway.
Strong from his experience in this field, Professor Furukawa’s Compact Mobility is a well thought personal device that aims to give people a maximum of freedom while riding on a Skateboard like robot.
Granted this Compact Mobility is still under development and needs to be improved but the overall concept is sound.
In a nutshell, the Compact Mobility is some kind of “Intelligent Skateboard” that can tweak later on to also carry your stuff around, that once you are riding it will let you roam freely from one point to another without much effort from your side. Just like on a Wii Motion board a simple input with your body will give the necessary information to the Compact Mobility to move in the desire direction.
Unlike the Segway, the Compact Mobility does not require you to hold some kind of handle, and will leave both your hands free to do whatever you want… Basically, the Compact Mobility will replace your legs and let you travel around as freely as you would walk.
Targeted to be sold within a couple of years, the Compact Mobility as we tested today needs many little tweaks, but the concept works and works pretty well and I could successfully ride on it without killing myself!