Folding Electric RoboScooter Prototype

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The “RoboScooter” isn’t really robotic at all, but ignoring the nomenclature it’s still got verve. Designed at MIT’s Media Lab in partnership with SYM/Sanyang Motors, the prototype electric scooter is made from just 150 discrete parts, making maintenance and upkeep simple. It’s supposed to be charged by hanging it on a special rack, but if it ever made it to production I’d gladly trade the charging rack for a retractable power cord.

Something like this would be so wonderful for New York—large enough to make inter-borough travel convenient, but still small enough to be stashed in a closet as opposed to the street.

Project Page [Cities.Media.MIT.edu via Oh Gizmo via Born Rich]

Previously: Yamaha’s Folding Electric “Bobby” Scooter [BBG]
Di Blasi R7E Folding Motorbike [BBG]

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4 Responses to Folding Electric RoboScooter Prototype

  1. MB says:

    Autobots, roll out!

  2. Krisjohn says:

    As someone who’ll (*checks weather*) probably be riding to work on an electric scooter today, I have to say that no matter how cool it is, how light it is, how small it folds up, if it doesn’t have pedals then you’re going to be worrying about its charge all the damn time.

    When my scooter dies (and it is just a cheap toy) I’m going to be getting an electric trike with decent carrying capacity and pedals.

  3. Halloween Jack says:

    Really curious as to how much it weighs.

  4. JtCann says:

    One of the coolest things about them is that the motor is in the wheels and it only has about 150 parts.

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