Here’s Something Different From CES2013.
The Solowheel, described as an “auto balance one-wheel vehicle”, looks more like a tiny unicycle without handles. Perhaps not for everyone, particularly those who are less athletic and balance-challenged, the Solowheel does look like fun. See the video.
The small wheel has no pedals per se — just two silver foot rests — and riders zip around like the Jetsons.
Shane Chen, president of Solowheel maker Inventist, said the electric Solowheel, which reaches a max speed of 10 mph, takes about half an hour to learn. The 26-pound wheel can travel up to 10 miles before needing to be plugged into a wall outlet. A full charge takes an hour.
The company says the Solowheel is the smallest, greenest, most convenient “people mover” ever invented. This gyro-stabilized electric device is compact and has gyro-sensors to help riders maintain their balance. Users steer with their feet and control their speed by leaning. Lean forward to speed up, and backward to slow down or stop.
“It doesn’t allow you to fall; it automatically catches you,” Chen said.
We have some doubts, which were heightened when he wouldn’t let me get on the thing.
So far, Inventist has sold 1,500 Solowheels since the product debuted about a year ago. It’s sold online and via the SkyMall catalog for $1,795.
The Washington company recommends riders wear a helmet and be at least 15 years old.
Sources: Solowheel , LATimes , Chicago Tribune