TICO BULL – While taking my regular early morning walk around the La Sabana park I noticed a strange scene, a guy standing upright moving, gliding, along the sidewalk to the bus stop on what appeared to be a unicycle. But, there were no pedals, no seat, just a guy balancing himself on a wheel, moving along without any effort at all.
This was not the first time I had seen him, the first time I couldn’t catch up to him. Yesterday I did.
Ricardo Morales told me all about his wheel which he had bought about a year ago and now finds indispensable as a personal transportation device.
Unlike a bicycle, the SOLOWHEEL, can be taken on a bus, to work, anywhere really, it doesn’t take up much space and has a built in carrying handle.
According to Ricardo, he gets up to 10 kilometres on a single charge, depending on the hills and weight. His typical ride is about 4 kms daily: 2 kms in the morning from his house to the bus stop in La Sabana and 2 kms back in the afternoon.
Working in Santa Ana, well within the range of the SOLOWHEEL, Ricardo told me the device is made for use on sidewalks and we all know “there is no sidewalk” from La Sabana to Santa Ana.
Ricardo said he bought his SOLOWHEEL about a year ago, paying about US$800, “the cost of a high end bicycle”.
Using your body, you can move forward, slow down, speed up and stop.
What is a SOLOWHEEL? According to Investist.com, the SOLOWHEEL is the smallest, greenest, most convenient “People Mover” ever invented. This gyro-stabilized electric unicycle is compact and fun to ride and is intended to be used as you would use an electric bicycle.
The problem of creating a self-balancing unicycle, a self-powered unicycle that balances itself in three dimensions, is an interesting problem in robotics and control theory. The theoretical work on the unicycle problem is complemented by work on the construction of actual mechanically ridden unicycles.
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