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Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

Soulskill posted about 4 months ago | from the pretty-much-what-meets-the-eye dept.

Transportation 102

cartechboy writes "If you're going to sell a brief case for $6,000, there better be a pony inside — or at least an electric scooter. Who wouldn't want to transform their boring old briefcase into an electric scooter and zip off to (or away from) work? The Commute-Case, as it's known, is essentially a briefcase you can ride to work. While in briefcase mode, if you extend sections of the front and back, wheels, handlebars and a step for your feet pop out. In 3 to 5 seconds, your briefcase is now an electric scooter that can go up to 25 miles on a single charge and weighs 27 pounds. Don't count on actually carrying stuff to work with this briefcase (there's a scooter inside)."

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102 comments

Briefcase!? (2)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 4 months ago | (#46495297)

Really... it's 2014. A Briefcase?!

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

Todd Palin (1402501) | about 4 months ago | (#46495303)

It is a 27 pound briefcase!

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

_Ludwig (86077) | about 4 months ago | (#46495441)

Not everyone wants to look like a bike messenger. (re: real briefcases, not this thing.)

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#46495443)

It worked for Iron Man.

Re:Briefcase!? (2)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 4 months ago | (#46495881)

Yeah, but he did it to a Black Sabbath soundtrack.

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497273)

So put an MP3 player and speakers into the storage compartment?

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497279)

So will I.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#46495465)

"Really... it's 2014. A Briefcase?!"

I wouldn't pay $300, much less the asking price of $6000.

Heads up to potential buyers: have you ever hit a 1" rock with tiny wheels like that? Showing up to work with road rash on your face probably would not go over well.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 4 months ago | (#46499845)

have you ever hit a 1" rock with tiny wheels like that?

Yes. It was a non-event. Perhaps you are unqualified to operate wheeled vehicles.

Showing up to work with road rash on your face probably would not go over well.

Have you ever ridden a scooter? You can run faster than that, so if you "crash" your scooter, you just step off. When you are pushing yourself you have one foot mostly waiting to step off at any point. So maybe there'll be a difference if you are resting both feet equally on a powered scooter, but I've gone over 1" obstacles without an issue. And even if I didn't roll over them without issue, were I on a scooter, I'd just step off, rather than landing on my face.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#46500059)

"Have you ever ridden a scooter? You can run faster than that, so if you "crash" your scooter, you just step off."

Yes, I have, and rocks that size are a problem. You avoid them when you can for that reason.

Besides, this isn't a scooter, and it's not as easy to just step off of it. There is a briefcase between your legs.

I had an electric scooter. Fortunately, though, it had 10" wheels with pneumatic tires. Even so, a 1" rock could give you quite a jolt.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 4 months ago | (#46501883)

Besides, this isn't a scooter,

That says it all.

The title says "scooter". The summary says "scooter". The article says "scooter". But you disagree with everyone and use unique definitions for all words. No real point when you either don't know Engish, or are being argumentative for the sake of arguing.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 4 months ago | (#46502481)

"The title says "scooter". The summary says "scooter". The article says "scooter". But you disagree with everyone and use unique definitions for all words. No real point when you either don't know Engish, or are being argumentative for the sake of arguing."

It's NOT the kind of scooter you're talking about, like a Razer scooter or similar which don't put a big box right between your legs. That's what I meant, and I think it was pretty damned obvious.

Of course it's a scooter, technically, but it's not a scooter LIKE most scooters on the street today, okay? The box between the legs is a safety issue if you want to "step off and run" like you suggested.

Further, neither OP or TFA say how fast it is. The electric scooter I had went significantly faster than most people can just "step off and run". If this one goes that fast then good luck "stepping off and running" at 15 mph or more with a big box between your legs.

I think you just like arguing with me.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 4 months ago | (#46503397)

difference between a scooter and a motorbike generally is that the scooter has an open middle section.

I commuted today to work on a rather normal scooter that goes up to 60mph..

this(briefcase gadget) however is like a kick-scooter.. good luck commuting on one. or registering it. or finding subway walkways where it's legal to use..

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46506673)

Perhaps you are unqualified to operate wheeled vehicles.

That's rich, coming from the person who advocates running red lights.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 4 months ago | (#46495595)

Believe it or not, some of us actually enjoy looking serious. You can take your hipster bag and shove it up your girly ass.

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495703)

unless you're carrying you tablet/notepad around in your briefcase you're doing it wrong. Dead trees went out of fashion in 2000

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495741)

There is literally no evidence of this.

Re:Briefcase!? (2)

sexconker (1179573) | about 4 months ago | (#46495965)

unless you're carrying you tablet/notepad around in your briefcase you're doing it wrong. Dead trees went out of fashion in 2000

Are you posting from your paperless office?
Do you have quick-charging batteries and efficient solar panels? What about decent AI?

Re: Briefcase!? (1)

Adriax (746043) | about 4 months ago | (#46496051)

The amount of time I spend at work keeping printers running suggests this is false.

So any other late 90's predictions of the future you would like to share?

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

ChoosyBeggar (2969823) | about 4 months ago | (#46506783)

Believe it or not, some of us actually enjoy looking serious. You can take your hipster bag and shove it up your girly ass.

Just remember that some of us have been cycling (wearing a "messenger" bag) for *far* longer than it was ever considered "hip". Actually, I like the idea of this product, but the fact is that a decent folding bicycle weighs less (~22-26lbs) & can go much faster, (especially for athletic cyclists.) I wouldn't go so far as to suggest you "shove your [briefcase] up your girly ass," but picturing your post-suppository gait does make me chuckle.

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495691)

Would you prefer a man purse?

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

ahabswhale (1189519) | about 4 months ago | (#46495887)

Would it make you feel better if it were a messenger bag?

Re:Briefcase!? (2)

meerling (1487879) | about 4 months ago | (#46495991)

Don't forget about Mike Jittlov's 30mph Briefcase.
It had a fun scene in the 1989 movie "The Wizard of Speed & Time".
Yes, it was a prop, and yes, it was fully functional according to all the reports I've seen.

So anyhow, these guys built one 25 years later and it's a bit snazzier. yawn.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about 4 months ago | (#46497419)

Really... it's 2014. A Briefcase?!

If I'm going carry a scooter in a case, it's going to be a guitar case!!

Obvious username is obvious.

Strat

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497601)

Obvious doosh is a doosh.

Re:Briefcase!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497869)

Oh, for the love of God people. It's spelled DOUCHE! Fuckin' spell check has only been around for 20 years!

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

BlueStrat (756137) | about 4 months ago | (#46499709)

Obvious AC whoosh is obvious.

Strat :)

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 4 months ago | (#46499307)

Exactly! Given that even segways are an antique, I was thinking more of this:
http://theonewheel.weebly.com/ [weebly.com]
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE! Except there are other variations lol. Plus it's only 21 pounds, not ugly, and 1/10th the cost. Nobody is going to drop $6000 on that. A folding electric moped or bike even costs less than that.

Re:Briefcase!? (1)

lsatenstein (949458) | about 4 months ago | (#46500841)

What a fantastic product. Lets see how I would use it.
I have a flight to take, and I need to get there on time. Vehicle parking, waiting for the parking lot bus, etc, make for long pre-trips.
Ergo, I let my wife drop me off, I take my "briefcase" with me, and I am on my way.
I arrive at my destination, I wait for the baggage and take my "briefcase".
Instead of renting a car, I convert it to a scooter. I am on my way. No fuss, no hassle, just on my way.
I complete my meeting, (perhaps even charging the battery (if battery powered) at the same time, and I head back to the airport.
When I arrive, I convert it again to a scooter, and drive to where my wife and car are located.

How many trips to take before I recover the $6k purchase?

Sooter? (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 4 months ago | (#46495333)

I want a flying car that folds into a briefcase like George Jetson.

Re:Sooter? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495353)

I want a flying car that folds into a briefcase like George Jetson.

And I want Megan Fox on a solid gold bed, but that's not in the cards now, is it?

your wish has been granted (0)

raymorris (2726007) | about 4 months ago | (#46495555)

Poof http://www.escort-europe.com/S... [escort-europe.com]

Re:your wish has been granted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497849)

No solid gold bed....tease....

Re:Sooter? (1)

fermion (181285) | about 4 months ago | (#46495477)

Which is what I was thinking. I must be old if the memes have changed that much. In any case transformers are weapons, not tool of productivity. What I want is a job where I go for 10 minutes a day, push some buttons, and get pain enough for an apartment, a car, and a robot. At this point I would be happy just to have enough expendable income for a rommba and a robomow.

Re:Sooter? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 months ago | (#46496323)

How about a parasail?

Other "Prior Art" (2)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 4 months ago | (#46496755)

I want a flying car that folds into a briefcase like George Jetson.

Me, too.

Other "prior art" occurs in the 1988 feature movie version of Jitlov's The Wizard of Speed and Time [youtube.com] .

See 1:05:25 throug 1:11:10

Re:Sooter? (1)

mpe (36238) | about 4 months ago | (#46499227)

I want a flying car that folds into a briefcase like George Jetson.

Inch High: Private Eye is another Hana Barbara cartoon which depicted "modern technology" long before it came into common usage.

Old idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495453)

It has been done before. I think it was in the 90's I saw a briefcase scooter/gocart thing. The new part is that this one is electric and they bless it with all sorts of environmental friendly words.

I can't see this used as a real form of transportation. Those small wheels looks like they handle low speed only, which makes me wonder about top speed. Speed isn't mentioned in the article, only range. This might end up as a replacement for walking only. At least it has no emissions and can be used indoor.

Cool? Maybe, but not $6000 cool.

Re:Old idea (2)

Unkl_Shvelven (1002053) | about 4 months ago | (#46495543)

You talking about the Honda Motocompo [liveleak.com] ?

Re:Old idea (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about 4 months ago | (#46496191)

Oh wow, that's cool. Never knew that existed. The sucessor to that today seems to be a 1500 watt electric scooter, such as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

Similiar weight (~90lb), similiar top speed (30-35+mph).

As to the briefcase scooter, just too expensive.

Re:Old idea (1)

Dan541 (1032000) | about 4 months ago | (#46497405)

It has been done before. I think it was in the 90's I saw a briefcase scooter/gocart thing.

I remember the demo being a blue plastic briefcase with a two stroke motor.

Q: Who carries a briefcase in this day and age? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495455)

A: the very same people who ride scooters of course.

Great detective work (3, Insightful)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#46495471)

Don't count on actually carrying stuff to work with this briefcase (there's a scooter inside)."

Either the built-in storage compartment doesn't count or Soulskill didn't even bother to watch the video.

Re:Great detective work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497563)

None of the "editors" or "posters" bother to either proofread the articles or follow the links they contain to see that they even link to the right thing. Actually reading the article they point to would also never happen. Slashdot has gone downhill fast.

Where's the seat? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#46495479)

You're supposed to ride this thing standing up, sitting on the handle or sitting at the back of the briefcase?

At least it makes charging a breeze.

Boss: Hey, why is your briefcase plugged into the wall?
You: My work laptop is inside it and I don't want people to steal it, I'm protecting the company property, sir!
Boss: Carry on, then!

Re:Where's the seat? (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about 4 months ago | (#46496361)

I saw an electric skate board for 100 AUD. No more or less deadly.

Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong style (4, Insightful)

ModernGeek (601932) | about 4 months ago | (#46495535)

Business professionals such as attorneys and executives are the only people still using briefcases, middle management and your average run of the mill desk jockey might buy one of these as a toy, but not at this price point. You'd have to get it down to the sub-$500 level to hit that target market. This thing is defective by an order of magnitude on many levels.

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495971)

I am not sure where you live, but I can think of a perfect place for this - Manhattan.

  Every banker/lawyer in the city carries a leather case (if they are men) or a bag (if they are women). Every one of them commutes from the outer boroughs or from out of state by train. Once they get to the city, it would be perfect for them to be able to ride a scooter to work rather than use the city bikes they have now or to take the subway. The picture in the article has a man in a suit carrying a briefcase, and except for the design of the briefcase, this is what every guy at Grand Central looks like at 8 in the morning. They also can afford the price, after all they spend the same amount on their Hermes ties.

That said, 27 pounds sounds heavy. It is pretty much what a lightweight road bike weights.And metro north/MTA is pretty bike friendly.

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (1)

Jmc23 (2353706) | about 4 months ago | (#46496083)

...and you'd still have to carry your old briefcase!!

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 4 months ago | (#46497265)

you know the only place this kind of scooter is good for is INSIDE A FUCKING BUILDING. there it's a fun toy.

on road this is as useful as a kickscooter. which costs 40 bucks. you can go just as fast.

and for 6000 bucks you can buy a 150cm^3 engined 60kph scooter so wtf..

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 4 months ago | (#46496137)

I don't mean this to be a Debbie Downer, but...This is not a briefcase, it's just made to look like one. The storage space on here would barely hold a phone and a snack, there is no space for a legal pad or laptop. So if you are attorney you are going to either be lugging 2 briefcases (and this one is 27lbs unloaded) or more likely a backpack and this because at 27lbs it's unwieldy at best.

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 4 months ago | (#46496143)

Before you correct, remember that there is a difference between Legal and Letter and they show a spiral notebook (letter) in the cargo space.

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (1)

mpe (36238) | about 4 months ago | (#46499203)

I don't mean this to be a Debbie Downer, but...This is not a briefcase, it's just made to look like one.

It's a folding bike. So it would make more sense to compare it with other folding bikes. Both pedal and electric...

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496231)

Business professionals such as attorneys and executives are the only people still using briefcases, middle management and your average run of the mill desk jockey might buy one of these as a toy, but not at this price point. You'd have to get it down to the sub-$500 level to hit that target market. This thing is defective by an order of magnitude on many levels.

Not really.

I live in Toronto, Canada, and there are ten of thousands of folks who take commuter rail into the central rail facility (Union Station). From there, many then take the subway for ~5 minutes (a few stops) to their offices which would otherwise would be a 30 minute walk (especially given the winter we've just had). The subway costs about $5 per day. So if you work about 250 days (5 days/week, 50 weeks/year), that's $1250 per year. (Though many people do just walk to/from offices in the warmer months, and we do have the underground walkway system [wikipedia.org] ).

So if you get the $3000 "early bird" price, the ROI is less than three years. And you generally don't have to put up with the the (admittedly, relatively few) subway delays we have.

$6000 is probably too much, but getting down to $500 is certainly not needed.

Re:Wrong price point, wrong demographic, wrong sty (2)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 4 months ago | (#46496729)

I was thinking this would make a great tool for an lawyer who might want to make a quick getaway. Too bad Linoel Hutz is no longer with us.

beyond 2000 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495563)

Anyone remember that shit? Blue tooth. Briefcase with gas powered go cart inside. 14 years too late and the shit don't work anyways. Balls to it I say... balls.

Seriously? (1)

matthewv789 (1803086) | about 4 months ago | (#46495573)

I don't get it, it looks like a horrible scooter, a horrible briefcase, and a horrible travel case. It probably weighs a ton to carry, and it costs $6,000?

This looks like an idea better left in a cartoon. It's not compatible with the real world.

Re:Seriously? (2)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 months ago | (#46495609)

This looks like an idea better left in a cartoon. It's not compatible with the real world.

A scooter that comes out of a luggable case is a great idea. But if it has to cost this much then it's a non-starter.

Maybe in a hundred years we'll have the battery and materials technology to do it for real. Or twenty, who can say any more.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495813)

They took a $50 razor scooter, added an electric motor, a battery and made it foldable into a briefcase -- voila over 100 times more expensive than the original.

honda city turbo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495599)

had a similar concept that fit into the trunk. was cool, but not very useful.

Nothing new... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495765)

Didn't Mazda do a car in a suitcase?

The IT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495785)

In Shanghai, I saw scooters for sale >in a retail store 3-4K RMB (so divide by 6) that actually function as scooters, with comfortable seats and enough storage place.
I guess the idea behind this design is that you should sit on the handle sticking up your ass, like in the South Park "The IT"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RLUP2lLsVg

Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a (1)

spatley (191233) | about 4 months ago | (#46495789)

and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard.

Bad title! Bad! (1)

arielCo (995647) | about 4 months ago | (#46495879)

A Scooter would be "GoBot-style". *scoots away*

WoSaT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495889)

Come, now, someone tell me I'm not the only one to think of the scootercase in The Wizard of Speed and Time. =:D

Re:WoSaT (1)

stevel (64802) | about 4 months ago | (#46495929)

You're not. Credited in the titles as "55MPH Briefcase", but I don't think Jittlov ever got it going that fast.

Re:WoSaT (1)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | about 4 months ago | (#46497225)

Credited in the titles as "55MPH Briefcase", but I don't think Jittlov ever got it going that fast.

Didn't he call it "killer" or something like it, because it was so difficult to control, especially on that down-the-hill run?

(I thought of it, too, buit posted following up something early in the discussion before seeing the WoSaT posting.)

for 6000 bucks (1)

FudRucker (866063) | about 4 months ago | (#46495939)

i could buy a good motorcycle

there is no way i would spend 6 grand on a electric minibike that folds in to a briefcase

Re:for 6000 bucks (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 4 months ago | (#46496509)

How will your boss feel about the big grease spot in your cubicle from your motorcycle?

D&D (2)

ed1park (100777) | about 4 months ago | (#46495943)

I'm still waiting for someone to invent a magic bag of holding!

Transformer Style or Gobots Style? (1)

Parker Lewis (999165) | about 4 months ago | (#46495949)

If I remember correctly, Gobots was the one with kind of scooter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

This was news 23 years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46495961)

I remember reading about a briefcase car a long, long time ago. Mazda had one in 1991:

http://www.roadraceengineering.com/suitcasecar.htm

Bad pictures (3, Insightful)

jesseck (942036) | about 4 months ago | (#46495981)

If they have a product, they should use actual images of those. Their homepage has fake pictures, done poorly. The man boarding a train? Probably not their market, and his reflection in the train clearly shows no "transformer" scooter. The lady in the airport? Looks like an out-of-place runway model, with unnaturally straight features. Man by the bus, he also has some unnatural characteristics. I understand using props for marketing, or prototypes. To do "press releases " with poor photos is bad form. Then again, I'm not sure who will use this product either, and if it exists beyond a designer's computer.

I'm concerned. (1)

TrollstonButterbeans (2914995) | about 4 months ago | (#46496245)

The discouraging thing is the one guy in the entire world who owns one of these contraptions is taking the train!!!

Re:I'm concerned. (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 4 months ago | (#46497807)

What is so bad about the train? Walk into the train station, get into the train, do wtf you want during the trip, walk out of the train into a different train station and city. That's pretty awesome and the closest technology we have to traveling by teleporter.

Likewise, the other day I went to a postal office. Very little wait and I picked up an item from China that they had kept there for me.
Yesterday I bought a magazine (an independant one, not cluttered with ads and tabloid crap), it feels like dual 4K displays with indirect lighting, but I wonder where I left it.

It's funny that such old tech and old ways (which I seem to remember from my childhood) feel awesome when you encounter them. Wow, I can send mail door to door anywhere if the world if I want, without using a keyboard or touchscreen, and without a login or account? Or get 32 pages of more of tightly packed data rather than requesting articles one at a time on the web. The modern ways are cheaper, mostly.

Nothing. But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497893)

...if you have $6K to spend on a briefcase that doesn't actually act as a briefcase, then you can afford to hire a car and not put up with MetroNorth.

Re:Nothing. But... (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 4 months ago | (#46499013)

In my country using a car is cheaper than taking the train, unless you're talking about short commute trips only.
Even more so with websites where you can meet and share a car for one particular travel.

Fake... (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496095)

Retailer: http://greenenergymotors.com/
Price $6k (but atm its 50% off)
Max speed is 12Mph (based on 1 mile per 5 minute claim) so 19.31kmph (fast run)
All the images are Cgi/photoshopped I cannot see 1 pic of the actual scooter the group that also apprently collabrated with them on the design/build http://livingstonproducts.com/ has no images of the product either.

Features include:
Power and mounting for GPS type system or phone (And not enough power to power the device)
Cup holder (where)
Electronic Horn (but no button in the concept art)
Brakes (but no breaking mechanisms on the wheels or cables)

oh and it weighs 10.5 Kg's without the contents.

Re:Fake... (1)

Samizdata (1093963) | about 4 months ago | (#46500107)

Not only that, but the picture of the woman towing the thing is unnervingly shopped.

you can't even.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496113)

..sit on the damn thing.

to quote a great african american thinker: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496163)

that's retarded.

As a former Segway employee... (2)

Slartibartfast (3395) | about 4 months ago | (#46496209)

It's nice to know that Segway guys can finally point to something that would instantly make someone 12 times geekier-looking than a Segway ever could.

Re:As a former Segway employee... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496227)

How about... http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/18/focus-designs-sbu-self-balancing-unicycle-because-you-didnt-l/

Two words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46496747)

Mike Jittlov

Prior Art (1)

ihtoit (3393327) | about 4 months ago | (#46497049)

Mike Jittlov.

If briefcase sized is all that matters (1)

barc0001 (173002) | about 4 months ago | (#46497153)

save $4000 and get a solowheel

http://inventist.com/soloindex.php

Re:If briefcase sized is all that matters (1)

luther349 (645380) | about 4 months ago | (#46497269)

save even more and just get one of those fold-able jobs and they come in gas or electric.

Re:If briefcase sized is all that matters (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 4 months ago | (#46497609)

The Solowheel is actually not a bad idea: it has the right speed, range and portability. But it looks hard to ride, especially getting on and off the thing. Something that improves with practice I suppose, but I haven't read any account of anyone actually trying to use it daily. Reviews & videos are either Solowheel "pros" doing neat tricks and making it look really easy (after god knows how many hours of training), or faceplanting beginners. Anyone out there using a Solowheel as part of their commute?

Standing on that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46497501)

This is all well and good, where do you stand on the thing. Standing on something with such a raised narrow platform would have you bending quite a bit at your back and struggling to balance. Lets give it a mind of its own and it will just follow you around and save the scooter part.

Looks like the Osborne 1 golden boy guy (1)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 4 months ago | (#46497853)

Did anyone think it looks like this? Going to work with an Osborne Personal Business Computer [computerhistory.org] .
Now too you can swing a bulky and extremely heavy "briefcase" around like it's 1981, pretending it's lightweight or you're so manly you can handle it like it's feathers inside.

I don't know how it feels like, might be awesome but I would risk breaking windows or tripping on the ground in bad ways.

and long ago there was (1)

fuliginous (1059354) | about 4 months ago | (#46498407)

Tomorrows World a UK science show demoed a fold up suitcase car decades ago
http://www.roadraceengineering... [roadraceengineering.com]

Re:and long ago there was (1)

microcars (708223) | about 4 months ago | (#46498625)

Ha! The page is still up.
I managed to get him to bring that to a small meet we had in 2004 and there are some pics of it unfolding from the suitcase and a video of someone "driving it" here [microcar.org]

If I recall the brief history correctly, Mazda engineers created this as a fun concept and then the sales force got hold of it and would bring it to shows and give rides on it until it broke (it was always a prototype and they should have used splined shafts for the driven wheel, but did not).
Anyways, the thing would go back into storage until someone would go "hey where's that old Suitcase Car we made?" and they would drag it out, break it and then bring it to this guy to fix. One day they brought it to him to fix and then never picked it up. I guess it is better than being lost in storage someplace.
If Mazda wants it back all they have to do it Google it.

Better link to images of suitcase car... (1)

microcars (708223) | about 4 months ago | (#46498645)

better link to single page of images and videos of the Mazda Suitcase Car [microcar.org]

Re:and long ago there was (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | about 4 months ago | (#46503063)

I think this was demoed on The Next Step with Richard Hart show on the Discovery Channel back in the early 90s. Or was that Beyond 2000? Anyways, yes, I saw that hosted on one of those two shows.

Wheels are too small (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46498683)

You better ride that on a very smooth surface or you're going to break it into the first hole in the pavement. And I don't mean this http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix... [dailymail.co.uk] but this http://www.nydailynews.com/new... [nydailynews.com]

Just telecommute instead (1)

mrflash818 (226638) | about 4 months ago | (#46498795)

Cool, but I'd rather see more companies just issue workers a cell phone and laptop, so they can telecommute from home.

Fiction (sort of) becomes reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46499001)

So reminded me a bit like the old Jetson's cartoon where the flying car pops
out of George Jetsons brief case. A flying car would make this cool!

Scooter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46502031)

Scooter wasn't a transformer, he was a Go-Bot. :-P

Good idea but wrong format / marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46506093)

Guys should have tought of something more useful than just a briefcase. Hauling beer [cruzincooler.com] has always been an important matter to society and hobbyists [diygokarts.com] have been more than helpful in both the crafting and transport [wikipedia.org] of this godly nectar.

What are the specs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46507443)

I see lots of marketing junk but where is the real info? What is the average battery run time at normal use? How long does it take to fully charge? What is the top speed? What is the max weight it will handle? What is the expected overall life-span of the battery before replacement is required and what is the cost of doing so? Also, I would like to see someone actually riding it, because if it's used the way I imagine, it would be uncomfortable for long rides (which makes me worry that it's battery life may not be good enough to matter).

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