Robot butlers and furry mechanized pets are nice, but as Japan ages what it really needs are better ways for the elderly to get around. Now a young Japanese scientist has come up with what may be the perfect solution.
The Permoveh (Personal Mobile Vehicle) was developed by Kyoto University professor Komori Masaharu as a way for the wheelchair-bound to easily navigate small spaces. The key feature that makes the Permoveh so innovative are the vehicle's unique omnidirectional tires that allow for sideways movement. No plans have been announced for a commercial version just yet, but in the meantime you can see the Permoveh in action in the video below.