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A Laptop Sized Personal Transporter is Coming This Spring
08-10-2015, 10:04 PM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world's first 'car in a bag'.

Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered "WalkCar" transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.

The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.
[...]
he futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (about $800). Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

Read more: reuters.com

Looks great but can't shake the feeling the world of WALL-E (Mart) is upon us.
The article states the thing is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds), so in all fairness, that eliminates most Walmart shoppers, thus cancelling out my first sentence.
I have to say though, would be handy in certain situations, and probably fun as well.

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08-10-2015, 10:16 PM #2
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I could not help but think of this.



08-10-2015, 10:24 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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What could possibly go wrong....

İmage
08-10-2015, 10:53 PM #4
bohica Member
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I spent 30 years as a NYC Iron Worker, and I would NEVER use anything that uses gravity as a propulsion system.

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures. Right next to the mashed potatoes!
08-10-2015, 11:02 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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I have a pair of personal transporters that work really great. They're called legs 13.gif
08-10-2015, 11:09 PM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Sure, it would not be practical all the time, but say you're headed for a job interview, it's 90 degrees and your in a suit and you have to park 8 blocks away...
You get there fresh ass a daisy rather than a soaked with sweat dog.
Ditto for running in an airport,etc.
And how about for people who just had foot surgery, or for medical reasons can't walk far.

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08-10-2015, 11:24 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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You want one, admit it chuckle.gif
08-10-2015, 11:27 PM #8
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I've been a really good boy this year.

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08-10-2015, 11:52 PM #9
Octo Mother Superior
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08-11-2015, 10:29 AM #10
Accidental Stoner Member
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Requires some balance skill.

Small wheels 13.gif

Prolly works best indoors in big buildings.

Kinda cool, though.

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08-11-2015, 10:31 AM #11
Accidental Stoner Member
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Here's to hoping Santa brings JR one,
and I get to try it out.

İmage
08-11-2015, 11:52 AM #12
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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chuckle.gif thumbsup.gif Yes Indeedy doodie! puffpuffpass.gif

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08-12-2015, 01:01 AM #13
Nomadic Wanderer Member
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(08-10-2015, 10:04 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=72&v=XvG_356itPs

A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world's first 'car in a bag'.

Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered "WalkCar" transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.

The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.
[...]
he futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (about $800). Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

Read more: reuters.com

Looks great but can't shake the feeling the world of WALL-E (Mart) is upon us.
The article states the thing is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds), so in all fairness, that eliminates most Walmart shoppers, thus cancelling out my first sentence.
I have to say though, would be handy in certain situations, and probably fun as well.

I`m going to wait for the off road version.
08-12-2015, 01:06 AM #14
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(08-12-2015, 01:01 AM)Nomadic Wanderer Wrote:  
(08-10-2015, 10:04 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=72&v=XvG_356itPs

A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world's first 'car in a bag'.

Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered "WalkCar" transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.

The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.
[...]
he futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (about $800). Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

Read more: reuters.com

Looks great but can't shake the feeling the world of WALL-E (Mart) is upon us.
The article states the thing is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds), so in all fairness, that eliminates most Walmart shoppers, thus cancelling out my first sentence.
I have to say though, would be handy in certain situations, and probably fun as well.

I`m going to wait for the off road version.

All wheel drive...all ways?
08-12-2015, 01:12 AM #15
Nomadic Wanderer Member
Posts:430 Threads:52 Joined:Aug 2015
(08-12-2015, 01:06 AM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(08-12-2015, 01:01 AM)Nomadic Wanderer Wrote:  
(08-10-2015, 10:04 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=72&v=XvG_356itPs

A Japanese engineer has developed a portable transporter small enough to be carried in a backpack that he says is the world's first 'car in a bag'.

Twenty-six-year-old Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors recently unveiled the lithium battery-powered "WalkCar" transporter, which is the size of a laptop and resembles a skateboard more than a car.

The slender WalkCar is made from aluminum and weighs between two and three kilograms (4.4 to 6.6 pounds), depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor version.
[...]
he futuristic skateboard will have a price-tag of around 100,000 Japanese Yen (about $800). Shipping is expected to begin by spring 2016.

Read more: reuters.com

Looks great but can't shake the feeling the world of WALL-E (Mart) is upon us.
The article states the thing is stronger than it looks, and can take loads of up to 120kg (265 pounds), so in all fairness, that eliminates most Walmart shoppers, thus cancelling out my first sentence.
I have to say though, would be handy in certain situations, and probably fun as well.

I`m going to wait for the off road version.

All wheel drive...all ways?

Ideally with hovercraft option and iPad underneath!

Might be waiting a very long time though! thumbsup.gif



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