Got the first Segway in your neighborhood and think you’re too cool for words? Forget it. Honda is showing off its new one-person transporter next month at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The U3-X self-balancing unicycle ups the ante considerably for coolness and innovation. It weighs about 20 pounds, is just two feet high, and can be schlepped onto an airplane as a carry-on.
The wheel rotates in two planes for maximum maneuverability, changes speeds by shifting body weight, and in its prototype form runs for about an hour. Designed to be harmonious with ordinary pedestrian traffic, it keeps the driver at eye level with walkers, and is easy to dismount.
Who needs two wheels when one will do?