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A "Magic Carpet" That Destroys All Hope For Humanity

WalkCar: the smaller version of a Segway
A "Magic Carpet" That Destroys All Hope For Humanity© 2017 Gizmag

About the size of a laptop computer, this entirely electric vehicle moves just like a Segway (which is why it’s just a smaller, “cuter” version of it), it changes direction in response to shifting weight. The major difference between this and a Segway? This will fit in your backpack. 

Hopefully we can all agree that the Segway is one of the worst inventions man has man. It’s horribly obnoxious, and terribly lazy. In fact, they are pretty much everything that's wrong with society today.

Hoverboards, however, are pretty amazing. And even though Lexus has debuted their hoverboard, it’s only operational within a metal skatepark. So until then, Japan (because of course Japan) invented a different kind of futuristic skateboard: the WalkCar.

Now, to be honest, I think this is just as bad a Segway. It’s just a lot smaller.

About the size of a laptop computer, this entirely electric vehicle moves just like a Segway (which is why it’s just a smaller, “cuter” version of it), it changes direction in response to shifting weight. The major difference between this and a Segway? This will fit in your backpack.

Made of aluminum and powered by lithium batteries, it’s entirely electric, just like the Segway. Developed by Kuniako Saito, it was quickly backed by Toyko-based Cocoa Motors, who plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign, with pre-orders beginning in October.

"I thought, 'what if we could just carry our transportation in our bags, wouldn't that mean we'd always have our transportation with us to ride on?'" Saito told Reuters. "[M]y friend asked me to make one, since I was doing my masters in engineering specifically on electric car motor control systems."

 

Apparently this little mobility device can fight up steep hills, push a person in a wheelchair and even manage to successfully complete an obstacle course. Of course, the problem here is that it’s this tiny little machine doing it, rather than you. And why would have a machine complete an obstacle course, seems a bit stupid to me. I always thought obstacle courses were for exercise.

Despite its relatively small size, the motor still makes a hell of a lot of noise while operating.

So, it’s noisy, and we still don’t know how long the battery will last, but realistically, it won’t go much further than two hours. So for people looking for a full days commute, this probably isn’t the mobility device for you.

Some people are calling it a realistic magic carpet, but that’s insulting to the magic carpet: let me remind you all that magic carpets can fly, and they don’t need to stop every couple hours to power up, and they don’t sound like Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Apparently though, this little guy is rugged enough for the streets. Some of us will remain skeptical.

Priced at 100,000 Japanese yen (or $800), apparently it will hit doorsteps spring 2016. 

 

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