from the urls-we-dig-up dept
The Segway never really lived up to its hype, but it does serve a practical purpose as a means of transportation — and it’s a bit more convenient than a bike in some ways. (I haven’t been a fan of larger versions of the Segway (GM’s PUMA) because some things just don’t scale well. However, I’m not against tinkering with new transportation solutions to try to come up with cool new ways to get around.) If you like transportation gadgets, here are just a few cool-looking projects that offer some extreme maneuverability.
- The RYNO is a motorized unicycle that behaves like a Segway (with one less wheel). It has a top speed of 10 mph, but it doesn’t quite look as dorky as a Segway. [url]
- If being able to turn on a dime is your goal, then an omnidirectional bike with two spheres for wheels might be the gadget for you. The Spherical Drive System is only a prototype, but it literally puts a new spin on the wheel. (This bike might actually look cooler if it had a third sphere…) [url]
- Honda has developed its own unicycle called the UNI-CUB personal mobility device. It has a cumbersome name, but it sports an omnidirectional driving wheel system (aka Honda Omni Traction Drive System) and looks fairly compact and maneuverable for indoor use. [url]
If you’d like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.