Filed under: EV/Plug-in
We’ve seen a few motorized unicycles in the past, but inventor Aleksander Polutnik may have come up with the simplest, most environmentally version to date. His gyrotastic gadget was created so he could hang with his traditional uni-cycling girlfriend (that’s hot) but it may have enough functionality to justify future production. The uni-bike contains a gyroscope that gages balance 100 times per second, making the bike surprisingly easy to operate. Polutnik states that the eniCycle takes only about 30 minutes to learn how to operate proficiently. To go forward, the operator needs only to lean forward. To slow down or stop, simply lean back. Moving left and right is accomplished by pressing down on the left or right foot rest.
The eniCycle has a 1,000 watt battery mated to a wheel-mounted electric motor, which is capable of propelling the one-wheeled bike at a max speed of 10 mph. The Gadget Show says the eniCycle is capable of running for three hours, making the range 30 miles, but the eniCycle website states that the contraption can only run for 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). Production is scheduled to begin some time this summer, and you’ll have to contact Polutnik to reserve your own. Hit the jump to watch the eniCycle in its one-wheeled glory.
[Source: PDD Net]
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