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Video: Japan Has Invented a Laptop-Sized Electric ‘WalkCar’ That Can Make You Even Lazier

Last week we showed you that Lexus developed a functional hoverboard, which is pretty fly (Marty McFly).

Well, a week has passed since, which at today’s pace means they’re already obsolete as the next great mode of transport steals your attention.

That next great thing is the WalkCar, a laptop-sized square with wheels that fits in your bag and takes just three hours to charge. Developed by 26-year-old Japanese engineer Kuniako Saito and his team at Cocoa Motors, it weighs just three kilograms and can carry weight up to 120 kilos. It’s capable of reaching up to 10 km/h and travelling 12 kilometres on a full charge; hopping atop starts the vehicle, while stepping off brings it to a stop.

“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?'” says Saito about the inspiration behind the idea. “I want to show the world that Japan can be innovative.”

The WalkCar will be launched on kickstarter in the coming months, where it can be ordered for $1050 CDN. Shipping will commence in spring of 2016.


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