DailyDirt: Getting Around On Tiny Wheels
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A bunch of personal mobility devices have sprung up — and sometimes they’re compared to a Segway (and sometimes not). Motorized small bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates… It seems like anything that has wheels is getting a 2.0 remake with electric-powered drivetrains and smartphone controllers (or some other intuitive user interface). A lot of these things seem like toys right now, but it’s possible there’s a lurking innovation that could improve how we get around significantly. Check out a few of these attempts to reinvent the wheel.
- Yet another way to put electrically-powered wheels on your existing shoes… allows you to walk nearly effortlessly at 7 mph. These things could be a nice way to get around quickly — or they could turn a bunch of people into Darwin award winners. [url]
- There are all kinds of “rideables” to try: Zboard, Motoboard, Leif, Solowheel, Hovertrax, Orbitwheel, Lunicycle, etc. It doesn’t look like any of these rideable gadgets are going to change personal transportation, but some of them look cool at least. [url]
- The self-balancing Segway started a strange trend of devices that had one less wheel than you’d probably like, and OneWheel is a skateboard that continues the fad. Apparently, though, enough people have pre-ordered one on Kickstarter for the company to really start producing them and upgrading its features. [url]
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