Using a Stability Ball for transportation – The Supple
You know those bouncy balls you see in all fitness stores, well, mechanical engineering student, Mohamad Sadegh Samakoush, has welded a chair and thrown in a computer making for a bizarre yet intriguing concept.
The Supple is balanced on a globe wheel, which is controlled by a motor and a processor. The concept is meant to go front, back, left, right and even do a 360 degree loopty loop.
The Supple or AGV (automatic guide vehicle) machine uses a wireless network. The half machine, half processor is guided by a GPS in which the driver clicks on their destination and the supple rolls them to that exact spot. Leaving the “driver” (probably call them a passenger since they don’t actually drive) can play a game of solitaire on the attached LCD screen that pops out of the side of the globe.
Mark my words, in 250 years everyone will have one of these…Unfortunately it won’t pass the motor vehicle act until seatbelts and a front bumper are incorporated into it.
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