Pretty much everyone has heard about the Segway electric vehicle, which can be considered the forefather of the flurry of electric cars and vehicles to follow. However, despite its many interesting features, the Segway does have a problem, namely the fact that users have to stand in order to drive it around.
And, although one might say that this is not an issue, the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people with movement-related disabilities out there for whom a Segway-like device would be extremely useful. And, apparently, that's exactly what a company called Exmovere Holdings is offering with its brand new Wearable Transportation Device, dubbed the “Chariot.”
The Chariot is, in fact, a self-balancing, wearable,
sensor-activated pod designed for use by amputees and others who have difficulty standing. Unlike other self-balancing vehicles, the Exmovere Chariot is controlled by subtle movements of the lower torso and hips, some sensors inside the cocoon-like shell of the vehicle predicting the intended motion of the wearer.
Furthermore, the Chariot requires minimal physical effort and allows wearers to closely approach and reach objects. The upright form of the Chariot allows its wearer to make direct eye contact with others. The Chariot is battery-powered and can travel up to 12 miles per hour.
For the time being, the Exmovere Chariot is just an advanced prototype, but given just how useful it could prove to be for a fairly extended segment of people, it will most likely enter mass production at some point in the near future. And since we're on the subject, it's also important to mention that, according to Exmovere, the production versions of the Chariot will integrate the company's proprietary vital sign sensors, environmental and ground clearance sensors, wireless and cellular connectivity, a smaller form factor and unique options for military and law enforcement customers. Exmovere will also develop a feature of the Chariot that can switch the wearer from upright to seated position.We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out there. That's why we thought it would be a good idea to create an email address for you to help us a little in finding gadgets we missed. Interesting links are bound to be posted with recognition going mainly to those who submit. The address is .