JAPAN: TOKYO: TOYOTA'S WACKY IDEAS OLYMPICS
ALL APTV EXCEPT SHOTS 7-10 = TOYOTA
Date: 02/11/1996 05:00 AM
Tokyo, Japan, 9th February 1996
1. Wide shot of Toyota engineers dressed up and demonstrating their inventions.
2. Wide shot of the Double Disk Revolver.
3. Close-up of the wheels.
4. SOUNDBITE Shinji Fukamachi, Toyota Engineer.
5. Wide shot of moving contraption.
6. SOUNDBITE Kazuhiko Shibata, Toyota Idea Olympics organiser.
7. Wide shot of Land Scull being demonstrated on land
8. Land Scull being demonstrated on water.
9. Three wheel motorbike being ridden into water.
10. Various of Road Runner scooter.
KEYWORDS: UNUSUAL & SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Japan is famous for its wacky inventions and the engineers at car giant Toyota have helped to reaffirm this widely held notion.
At the Idea Olympics the Toyota engineers had the opportunity to show their creations - scooters that grew legs, row boats with wheels and a drum kit that gains motion with every beat.
Engineers at car giant Toyota traded their suits and overalls for a little gloss Friday, showing off their wacky inventions in the Idea Olympics.
Over 5-thousand different modes of transport were entered in this year's 20th Idea Olympics. Some literally moved to the beat.
The Idea Olympics showed the engineers were not short of imagination when designing their creations.
Believe it or not, this mobile unit called the double disk revolver is a design based on the helicopter.
"Looking at a helicopter flying freely in the sky, I was inspired to make something that would move around like a helicopter on the ground.
SUPER CAPTION: Shinji Fukamachi, Toyota engineer.
No one was quite sure if this contraption had a name, it just moved said the engineers.
"In a way they are just funny. But it's important for our engineers to use their imagination.
SUPER CAPTION: Kazuhiko Shibata, Toyota Idea Olympics organiser.
The winning design - the so-called Land Scull - was one of the few which had a real purpose in the world.
Some mobiles were able to perform both on land as in water.
But it's unlikely a biker would trade in his Harley Davidson for this three wheeler, nor is anyone likely to swap his scooter for this four-legged road runner.