Shane Chen certainly did not invent the wheel, but he has
just redesigned it! The Solowheel, which is defined as a self-balancing
electric unicycle, represents indeed a different way to travel.
In the same way as the Segway, its operation is very simple,
playing on the inclination of the body. To move forward, you
will have to look very slightly forward in the opposite direction
and you can also to slow or stop as well as turn left or right.
A pale copy of the Segway, some would say? This is not exactly
true. The Solowheel is distinguished first of all, as its
name indicates, by the presence of a single wheel on both
sides of the user's feet, which are placed on small platforms.
In addition, this machine, developed by Inventist, based in
Washington State, does not carry a handlebar.
This offers it at the same time a little fun side, with a
stature of the user that seems to glaze on the ground. If
having the arms along the body at all times may also recall
the aspect of a lost penguin on the ice, this may have been
something intentional in the mind of the designer during the
development of Solowheel. In order to reduce the maximum impact
on global warming, the materials used were not randomly selected,
but they were carefully selected in order to leave the smallest
carbon footprint possible.
The Solowheel is quite small in size (46 cm wide 54 cm high)
and weight (11 kg). This is perfect for you to be able to
carry it everywhere with you, from the bus to the elevator.
All you need to do in order to carry it around is to lift
it with the handle located at the top. In fact, this means
of transport is perhaps the easiest on to use you have ever
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On the pro side we can count
the fact that this is a green means of transport, is
definitely faster than walking and in the long run it
will save you money on fuel. You will also be able to
avoid congestion charges and travel with a speed of
up to 20 miles / hr. The Solowheel is easy to ride and
it charges very quickly. The main downside of purchasing
a Solowheel may be the price, but in the long run you
will be saving money, so it is worth a shot.
Solowheel Technical Specs
Battery lifetime: Over 1000 cycles
Battery: LiFePO4 (lithium-ion), 123 Wh
Charge time: 2 hours
Height 19.0 in / 48.3 cm
Length: 17.0 in / 43.2 cm
Maximum incline: 30°
Maximum load: 250 lbs / 113 kg
Motor power: 1000 W
Range: 15-20 miles / 24-32 km
Speed: Up to 10 mph / 16 kph
Tire: 16? × 2.125?
Warranty: 1 year
Weight: 26 lbs / 12 kg
Width (pedals folded): 8.0 in / 20.3 cm
Width (pedals unfolded): 14.0 in / 35.6 cm