Baby strollers go ro­botic

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

CHARLES Bom­bardier’s lat­est idea is to up­date the old baby stroller.

His Mu­jïn con­cept re­quires no par­ent to push it; in­stead, the Mu­jïn will fol­low par­ents as they walk or jog. Each Mu­jïn will be paired with its baby and par­ents, to fol­low or­ders given only by the par­ents.

Bom­bardier said he asked Xavier Gordillo to cre­ate images for the idea, and Gordillo took in­spi­ra­tion from the ro­botic wheelchair in­vented by Dean Ka­men, which can also climb stairs. In his col­umn in Canada’s Globe and

Mail, Bom­bardier said: “The stair­climb­ing sys­tem would need to be de­vel­oped fur­ther. We thought about us­ing a sys­tem sim­i­lar to the Ibot wheelchair and hav­ing the wheels ro­tate go­ing up­stairs or down­stairs ... Par­ents would prob­a­bly want to keep their hands on the Mu­jïn while it’s climb­ing or de­scend­ing stairs but the Mu­jïn could ac­com­plish this on it’s own too. It would also be pos­si­ble to use the Mu­jïn like a con­ven­tional stroller.” — WR.

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

Fu­tu­rus­tic strollers that fol­low the par­ents.

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