Pulling your stuff in a stroller is all well and good, but… what if you want to be hands-free? That’s where the gita wheel robot is designed to come in. Soon there will be a smaller version, called gitamini.
Both robots are manufactured by Piaggio Fast Forward – the US-based Italian subsidiary of Piaggio, the company that makes the iconic Vespa scooter.
Like the gita (pronounced “jeeta”) before it, gitamini uses a combination of depth-sensing optical cameras and radar to initially pair itself with the user, then track them as they walk down the street or through buildings. It can automatically avoid such obstacles, balancing itself on two wheels side by side like a Segway. It can be lifted by its front and rear handles to be carried over things like steps or curbs.
The Gitamini weighs 28 lb (13 kg), has a top speed of 6 mph (10 km/h) and can carry up to 20 lb (9 kg) of wheels in the cargo compartment with lid – the lid can be left open or even removed for high loads. According to reports, it has a battery range of about 30 miles (48 km) or 6 hours on a charge of less than 2 hours and will automatically power off if it is left idle for more than half an hour.
For comparison, the bulkier and more expensive gita – still available – weighs 50 lb (23 kg), can carry 40 lb (18 kg) and has the same top speed but 20 miles shorter range ( 32 km) or 4 Hours Runtime.
While gitamini is not yet available for purchase, potential buyers can sign up for the update via the link below. It will cost US$1,850 (the guitar costs $2,950) and is being offered in gold or beige color options.
Source: Piaggio Fast Forward