It makes a Segway look positively easy and safe, but Inventist claims that its Solowheel is convenient and simple to control.
It’s a miniature unicycle based on gyroscopes that the company says is perfect for use in the city.
In essence, the Solowheel is simply a single wheel with a foldable foot platforms either side. It’s powered by a 1,000-watt electric motor with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives it a top speed of 12 miles per hour. It can handle hills with an incline of up to 15 percent.
Thanks to the use of gyro sensors, it can be controlled simply by leaning, says Inventist. “Leaning controls your speed. Lean forward to go forward and backward when you want to slow down,” the company says.
The battery recaptures energy when going downhill or slowing down. It has a two hour life and can be fully recharged in forty-five minutes.
The Solowheel is much smaller than most means of transport, and weighs only twenty pounds.
“This allows you to carry your wheel with you: into a store or restaurant, on an elevator, into work, to the movie theatre, onto a bus or train, or into your classroom,” says Inventist.
There’s a video of it in use, here. There’s no information yet on pricing or availability, but the company says it’s looking for resellers.