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New Japanese Vehicle: Hallucigenia01

Dr. Bill Belew

Issue I - June 11, 2006

Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov:  Dr. Belew describes a wonderful new invention by Japanese designers Yamanaka Shunji and Furuta Takayuki: a car that can make a full circle and climb stairs. Another technological achievement has been reached by creative, industrious entrepreneurs and inventors. This is also yet a further example of the global economy at work in bringing us ideas from other countries that might dramatically improve our lives in the future.

I admit, I wasn't overly impressed with Yamanaka Shunji's various designs until I read the specs on this one.

It is an eight-wheeled vehicle that he and Chiba Institute of Technology's Furuta Takayuki designed.

Nissan also pitched in to see how robotics and automobile technology can get along.

The vehicle can make a 360-degree circle, move diagonally, and - get this - even climb stairs.

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Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he started a language school for Japanese ECS. Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a national university.

See Dr. Belew's blog, PanAsianBiz, for news and discussions about business and current events in Russia and Asia. See ZhongHuaRising for Dr. Belew's reports on business in China and RisingSunofNihon on business in Japan.

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