Toyota tinkers with baby Segways

Toyota tinkers with baby Segways

Summary: Toyota on Friday announced that it is tinkering with a robot called the Winglet, which technically is "a personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position." Translation: Toyota may be eyeballing Segway's turf.

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winglet.pngToyota on Friday announced that it is tinkering with a robot called the Winglet, which technically is "a personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position." Translation: Toyota may be eyeballing Segway's turf.

The automaker said in a statement that the Winglet is still being refined, but is designed to help people get around.

Toyota said the Winglet consists of a small body with an electric motor, two wheels and sensors that ensure stability. A rider can control the device by shifting body weight. There are also three models ranging from practical to sporty.

Here's a look at the models that Toyota will be testing out in the fall at the Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) near Nagoya, and Laguna Gamagori, a seaside resort complex in Aichi Prefecture. Toyota will test the Winglet in shopping crowds in 2009.

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Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • I'd add a fourth column to that.

    Model: "Me".
    Length (mm): 265
    Width (mm): 464
    Height (mm): 1820
    Weight (kg): 80
    Maximum cruising speed (km/h): 6 (can go faster)
    Turning Radius: 0
    Cruising range (km): 50
    Charge time: 10 mins (partial), 8 hours (full charge)

    To be blunt, if you're too fat to walk 5km @ 6km/h, the last thing you should be doing is spending your money on one of these.

    Or buy a bike.
    TheTruthisOutThere@...
  • Why would babies want Segways?

    Are we gonna end up with a new generation who never learn how to walk? Is this Toyota's evil masterplan to remove legs with subtle evolution intervention so as to sell more Winglets and cars?
    absent
    • Who needs to walk?

      I think they're already in stock at Buy 'n Large.
      Luigi dell' Vostro
    • Wall-E

      He's coming!
      Dr_Zinj