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Old 2012-02-16, 07:54 AM   #1
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this is new...

http://solowheel.com/
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Old 2012-02-16, 10:08 AM   #2
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A one wheeled Segway w/o the anoyance of handlebars that folds to the size of a suitcase

I wonder when they'll go on sale and for how much
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Old 2012-02-16, 10:26 AM   #3
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I caught it on ABC's world news now. unknown release date but MSRP was $1750.00
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Old 2012-02-16, 11:55 AM   #4
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They are already selling it through their webshop: http://www.inventist.com/eStore/inde...products_id=14

Price is $1,795.
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Old 2012-02-16, 12:12 PM   #5
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how much is a segway in comparison?
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Old 2012-02-16, 04:41 PM   #6
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A BC wheel for lazy people.
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Old 2012-02-16, 05:34 PM   #7
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For that price I'll just order a six pack!
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Old 2012-02-16, 05:38 PM   #8
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It seems to me that any self balancing unicycle/wheel takes away the challenge, and therefore the fun. I'm sure it would be fun for a short time, but I doubt it would be fun like a sport-hobby. "What's your hobby?" "I stand on a wheel and it goes by itself."

So maybe you could use it for getting places... a "people mover" as they claim.
Uh... where can you drive an unlicensed motorized vehicle? Not on sidewalks... not on roads. On your own private property I guess. Maybe kids can use it on their neighborhood streets like other motorized kid toys. That's still not legal, but apparently tolerated.
"The Solowheel ... is intended to be used as you would use an electric bicycle." People might get away with riding electric bicycles on the road, but that's because they're camouflaged as a regular bicycle! This thing will stand out a lot more.
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Old 2012-02-16, 06:47 PM   #9
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In Massachusetts, you might be able to categorize it as a motorized scooter: http://www.mass.gov/rmv/alerts/scooter.htm

It only has one wheel but other non-scooter vehicles have gotten the classification.

This could be pretty useful for multi-modal commuters who can't unicycle or don't want to get sweaty.

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Old 2012-02-16, 06:59 PM   #10
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I can confirm that self-balancing powered unicycles are only fun in a novelty sense; they're not fun to actually ride. This one at least has the cool feature of being extremely small and portable, but without a seat it's gotta take some effort to ride, and it looks like it doesn't go much above walking pace.
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Old 2012-02-17, 03:56 AM   #11
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how much is a segway in comparison?
More. But in this case, it might be proportional to the number of wheels. Segways are expensive enough that I didn't find prices online, though I found plenty of dealers.
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...without a seat it's gotta take some effort to ride, and it looks like it doesn't go much above walking pace.
The video clip at the top of their page looks like the thing was going at least 6mph, but less than 10. I think it requires the rider to be standing for the side-to-side balancing to work. Also, by keeping the thing to a minimum, it allows it to be much lighter, and go farther on an equivalent weight of battery.

It brings new meaning to the expression "standing around".
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I'd like to know what happens when you need to stop suddenly, for whatever reason, whether to avoid hitting someone or being hit! It may be self-balancing, but if the unsuspecting rider needs to stop, without notice, I see faceplants o'plenty in their not-so-distant future!
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Old 2012-02-17, 07:09 AM   #13
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I'd like to know what happens when you need to stop suddenly, for whatever reason, whether to avoid hitting someone or being hit! It may be self-balancing, but if the unsuspecting rider needs to stop, without notice, I see faceplants o'plenty in their not-so-distant future!
If it works like a Segway, you just lean back intuitively and it will reverse-torque the motor to keep the line-of-force going down through the tire contact patch, thus stopping. It doesn't just put on the brakes and UPD you.

I've ridden a co-worker's Segway and the first thing you have to do is convince yourself NOT to balance. I always thought it was a shame that the Segway had handlebars (they're for support and steering input), since it gives the impression that the rider is effecting the balance like on a bike. Later models used a side-to-side swivel to provoke it to turn which was much more natural than the original twist grip. It's startlingly natural to ride one, you just lean to "go" and "stop" as you would when initiating a walk or stop on your feet.

This would be a nice device for people who take public transportation to work and need something to take them the mile or so between the bus or train stop and the office that they can easily carry, set near their feet on the train/bus, and recharge under their desk. My experience commuting by train in LA is that bikes are too bulky on a crowded, standing-room-only subway train and a unicycle may have you end up in your office sweaty, even on a short, flat ride. Some people work in jobs that require close-quarters interaction with people in business attire and even a moderate ride makes for some awkward moments in the office.

I never commuted on a Segway but I can tell from my co-worker's that it's just plain too big and heavy for public transportation commuting. Might be excellent if one has a commute under 5 miles or so and can "glide", as they call it, to work and back.

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It seems to me that any self balancing unicycle/wheel takes away the challenge, and therefore the fun. I'm sure it would be fun for a short time, but I doubt it would be fun like a sport-hobby. "What's your hobby?" "I stand on a wheel and it goes by itself."
Maybe you could meditate on the move
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Old 2012-02-17, 03:39 PM   #15
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The video clip at the top of their page looks like the thing was going at least 6mph, but less than 10.
The FAQ lists the range per charge at 15-20 miles @ 10mph. So it is at least capable of that speed and is probably not even the max.

Apparently there's a learning curve to riding it.
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