portable vehicle by cocoa motors is ideal for senior citizens portable vehicle by cocoa motors is ideal for senior citizens
aug 10, 2015

portable vehicle by cocoa motors is ideal for senior citizens

portable vehicle by cocoa motors is ideal for senior citizens
all images courtesy cocoa motors

 

 

 

 

 something popular this weekend came from tokyo based company cocoa motorsthe engineers there think walking is to hard work, so they’ve come up with the ‘walkcar’, –  a slim aluminum tablet with four wheels that is controlled by electric motors that can traverse small curbs, light slopes and simple cityscapes. weighing 6.6 pounds, the invention works by simply standing on it to go and can be steering by plainly shifting weight from side to side while riding. the ‘walkcar’ is powered by lithium ion batteries, and can travel 12 km and go up to 10 km/h. charging it takes only three hours, and is a smaller improvement of the popular segway because of its portable size. since it does fit any bag, this would be great for the elderly commuting between subways, buses and trams. cocoa motors ‘walkcar’ plans to start shipping in japan by spring 2016. 

cocoa-motors-walkcar-portable-transporter-designboom-02the aluminum frame houses the lithium ion batteries

 

video courtesy of cocoa motors

 

  • This is a joke, no?! Has anyone seen an ‘elderly’ (or fat, diabetic or person with poor vision) walk? Quite simply, if they are unable move with confidence on a fixed surface – there is no way in hell they can stand on this tiny, ‘moving’ platform.. No more than they could on a small, slippery rug on title. …and then expect your ‘elderly’ example to steer by ‘weight shifting’… Jeez?!

    I am a surfer and old skater ..you would not catch me standing on this – ever – even with full pads. This is nuts! One of the craziest things I have seen here.

    Jim

    jimCan says:
  • This can travel 12 km? That’s something. It’s small and that’s another good thing. But the design is supposed to be for senior citizens, it has to have something to hold on to like segway. Another thing is that, you do a product for seniors and in the commercial is this young guy maneuvering it most of the time (except the 5 second part when there’s an old lady). Considering these two points i wouldn’t buy it.

    dan says:
  • How on earth is a motorised skateboard suitable for senior citizens – brittle bones, diminished ability to balance etc ?

    phil hma says:
  • that doesn’t look ideal at all. I just envision a lot of broken hips.

    Mark Duran says:
  • Did anyone stop to realize that the elderly, without something to hold onto, will fall off something like this in two seconds flat?

    David Wallace says:
  • Not for Senior Citizens as I see it… if they had such tactile control of their movements they wouldn’t need this.

    But it is a great idea that I think will find many users for fun & practical purposes! I think I need one… Well done!

    bilbobaggins says:
  • Hello – how can I go about ordering the Copcoa Motors Walkcar?

    Many thanks

    Pat.

    Pat Heaphy says:
  • Beautiful product.

    Nicky says:
  • Perhaps the targeted customers should be others…no “elderly” person would step on anything that has a higher risk than a rug…unless you don’t mean 30+ as “elderly”. I can imagine the one or other purpose for this, but my biggest concerns are the small wheels which will be stopped by many obstacles that are standard in streets. I remember the really old rollerscates for kids.

    Dirk16 says:
  • I am 50. I have a mobility walker. this would combine with the walker easily. I think it is a great idea!

    Sylvia says:
  • I am 74, 155 lbs, 71 inches tall. I walk a 15-minute mile pace. I need to go faster. I need a pair of this, one for each foot. I love it! And I love the rehab physical therapy in hospitals. They have nice looking nurses.

    NelsondreyesArchitect says:
  • I’m 75 and still very coordinated, however even after being a non-smoker, a jogger and power walker for years my lungs are quitting on me due to pulmonary fibrosis. This would give my present quality of life a serious upgrade. I’m totally interested. That stated, even spring of 2016 might be a little late for me.

    rockinblu says:
  • I’d like to try one out.
    Let me know when they become available in the US.
    Thanks.

    wolf popper says:
  • I live in a retirement home and would welcome this devise to get me over to the golf course or across the street to the store. Get it on the market SOON. I am 69 years old.

    Retired Richard says:
  • I’m 67 and still have great motor skills. I really enjoy Segways and have no problem with them. Of course this would take some practice to adapt to, but if things get a little wobbly, just step off. It looks like a really nice way to cruise the neighborhood or local mall.

    Duane in Arizona says:
  • Really? Reeally? Reeeally!

    Paola says:
  • I am 72 and still enjoy a great motor quality but I find this device extremely useful if only had something to place your hans on in order to get full stability of your body

    Pilar says:
  • Estimated cost of these are around 1,000$ Cdn. That might put it out of range for lots of seniors unless it became a prescription-type of thing. I image you could steady yourself with something like a ski pole if your balance is off a bit. They don’t look too scary if you have some leg strength. I’m 60 and I can see one of these in my future. I’m excited about it and it’ll be hard to wait for autumn of next year when they’ll be shipping.

    Joanne says:
  • I’m 70 and have COPD. I can’t wait to give it a try. Like you Joanne I can’t wait for when they’ll be available to the public

    Jeanne says:
  • I love this. This is fantastic. How and when can I buy this. I got to have this

    philo says:
  • excellent i dreamt it ,its happening now ,great when can i buy it

    Eswar says:
  • Make it faster and i would buy that thing 🙂

    Tom says:
  • It will be very useful if it can be customised with holding support for handicapped persons to move easily indoors

    Anuradha says:
  • This is the greatest invention I have ever seen. I am eager to purchase one. Plese place me on the first waiting list.
    Please email me when available.
    Ben

    Ben Siegel says:
  • Interesting to see comments by people who may not be seniors about seniors. I am an active senior, 76 years old in January 2016, and this device looks great. Weight seems appropriate, size is reasonable, speed if controllable seems good, power going up hills makes it useful and ability to assist in moving heavy or bulky object makes it look like a buy. No idea the price and, of course, trying it out in person is a must. But if it works as shown, I’d like to see it.

    Robert A. Clinco says:
  • It will be great if my mother adds this to her walker. How do I buy one?

    OtoAbasi Akpantah says:
  • I love that the idea came up as a “Tool” for the elderly, which shows young inventors are not forgetting the elders, good job!
    As I began to read more about the Walkcar, I found myself agreeing with some of the Bloggers on this site, where they stated that no elderly person would dare get on this device, for fear of the obvious, FALLING!
    But, after reading more bloggers, I was convinced, this is a GREAT INVENTION!
    Mr. Clinco, above, hit it on the nail….”add to her walker”, that’s exactly how this device should be used, with whatever assistance the person is using to walk right now, this is not a device to PRODUCE walking, but rather ASSIST.
    I think this is a great invention, that…to me at least…is good, but could use a tiny bit more or less of something…what?!
    Great device! Please please put me on the list and please keep me informed.

    Larry Marquez says:
  • I am 77 and still riding motorcycles. I have COPD, and other breathing problems. With good balance, this looks like a, “MUST HAVE” to me!!! I can’t walk 1 block, with out geting winded, but i could stand on this for miles!!!

    Lewis Kallish says:

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