(image credit: Inventist) Solowheel | about US$1,500.00 | www.inventist.com
talk about reinventing the wheel, apparently these guys think that single wheel is the future of mobility. from the guys who brought to you a host of odd-ball transportation devices comes the Solowheel, a unicycle minus the seat and with built-in gyroscope sensors that take the guess work out of balancing this transportation device. powered by a 1000-watt electric motor and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Solowheel is good for two-hours of operation on a single forty-five minutes charge.
control of this 20 pounds (about 9 kg) transport is through leaning motion by the rider. rider simply leans left or right to turn, lean forward to accelerate or backward to decelerate. there’s no risk of crashes as rider can just jump off the Solowheel in the event of unfortunate circumstances – just like you would do with a skateboard. it also incorporates a feature much like the regenerative braking system, in which the lithium-ion battery will recaptures some energy when going down hill or slowing down. it certainly packs quite a technology punch for such a compact package.
the Solowheel will set you back at about $1,500, however, we are not sure about its availability.