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Heavy Duty Electric Unicycle Maker Takes On Segway

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the battle-of-the-ages dept.

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formaggio writes "Designer Chris Hoffmann developed the Ryno, a heavy duty electric unicycle with a top speed of 25 mph, a range of up to 30 miles and an impressive 25-inch thick tire. The cost for a pre-production Ryno is a whopping $25,000, and Hoffmann already has five orders, but he expects the market model to cost about $3,500."

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First one-wheeled post (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028440)

I'm trying to post from my phone while controlling the unicycle using only my ass. It takes some skill but I think I got it under con^C^C NO CARRIER

Re:First one-wheeled post (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028514)

I'm trying to post from my phone while controlling the unicycle using only my ass. It takes some skill but I think I got it under con^C^C NO CARRIER

Obviously your ass was not wide enough. TFA and TFS both state the tyres are 25 inches thick. That's in serious hamburger territory, and you better weigh well over 150 kg to be able to span that with your ass.

Or did they mean 25 inches diameter?

Re:First one-wheeled post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029268)

They mean 25 inches thick. It's less a wheel and more a giant sphere that you straddle. I for one welcome our new bow-legged uniball overlords!

Re:First one-wheeled post (2)

GodInHell (258915) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030080)

Uhm -- but those pictures show something that looks alot more in the 25 cm range. Odd.

Re:First one-wheeled post (1)

GodInHell (258915) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030132)

Ayup -- from TFA[2] "gigantic 250 width tire" Those are metric numbers folks.

-GiH

Re:First one-wheeled post (1)

fnj (64210) | more than 2 years ago | (#38032336)

It's pretty obvious from the photo that the article is only semi-literate, and should have stated "a 25 inch diameter tire that is thick" (looks like 5-6" or so thick).

Re:First one-wheeled post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38028880)

>^C^C NO CARRIER

What is this, the 90s? /jumps back in hot tub time machine

Next up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029194)

...an electric powered sit-down unipod!

BC Comic (3, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028448)

When looking at the pictures does anyone get the feeling of the BC Comic?

Re:BC Comic (1)

aevan (903814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029522)

Not directly..more the game based off it..jumping logs, ducking branches..and trying to cross rivers on turtle back...that alone almost makes me want to get one.

Re:BC Comic (1, Insightful)

xerxesVII (707232) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029526)

Not enough ham-fisted christian proselytizing.

Re:BC Comic (1)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030658)

Not enough ham-fisted christian proselytizing.

I never figured out how cavemen could be Christians. The name of the strip stands for Before Christ, for chrissake.

Re:BC Comic (1)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 2 years ago | (#38032180)

IIRC, BC actually takes place in a future post-apocalyptic setting, not the distant past. Wrap your brain around that.

Re:BC Comic (2)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030732)

When looking at the pictures does anyone get the feeling of the BC Comic?

If you want the "BC" experience, there are unicycles that are very much like what appeared in the comic - that is, a wheel with an axle that you stand on. They actually do call them "BC" unicycles.

Those things scare me a little. :)

Re:BC Comic (4, Informative)

Lemming Mark (849014) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030882)

I got one; I've generally heard it called a "BC wheel" or an "Impossible Wheel". Could never get the hang of riding the thing - with a normal unicycle (or even its cousin the Ultimate Wheel) you can put pressure on the pedals to stop the unicycle whizzing off and leaving you to fall to the ground. With a BC wheel you just have to balance incredibly well - it's hard. Some people (often younger people, I think) can pick up the balance quite quickly.

Some folks made an ace video of some properly skillful BC riding:
http://vimeo.com/7390720 [vimeo.com]

I like seeing unicycles mentioned on Slashdot because balance sports generally seem to be enjoyed by tech-minded people. I suspect it's because they can require an intense but non-intellectual concentration - and possibly because they are non-competitive, unconventional and still easy to enjoy even when there's nobody else to join in.

Re:BC Wheel (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#38031172)

I got one; I've generally heard it called a "BC wheel" or an "Impossible Wheel". Could never get the hang of riding the thing - with a normal unicycle (or even its cousin the Ultimate Wheel) you can put pressure on the pedals to stop the unicycle whizzing off and leaving you to fall to the ground. With a BC wheel you just have to balance incredibly well - it's hard.

Heh, suddenly I'm tempted to try and learn it. Though I don't know where I'd practice these days... As a kid I never really spent a lot of time trying to develop those kinds of skills (apart from learning unicycle, I mean - I didn't learn to do much in the way of unicycle tricks, for instance). But when I see people practicing skateboard tricks and stuff - just hanging around, trying things, possibly hurting themselves and getting up to do it again - I can easily imagine those people riding a BC. I know I could do it, too, if I took the time to learn.

I like seeing unicycles mentioned on Slashdot because balance sports generally seem to be enjoyed by tech-minded people. I suspect it's because they can require an intense but non-intellectual concentration - and possibly because they are non-competitive, unconventional and still easy to enjoy even when there's nobody else to join in.

When I was a kid I was part of a performing group called the Gym Dandies. The program had been going on for several years before I joined and I think as a result unicycling was not quite as alien to people as it is where I live now... It was a little scary, actually, the first time I went out riding the new unicycle I got a much stronger reaction from people than I expected... It was like I was walking on water or something. I was like... what, can't everybody do this? I used to ride around all the damn time as a kid and I don't remember anybody really taking notice. :) I don't know if that's cause they don't have Gym Dandies here or if maybe sometimes people did freak out when I rode around as a kid and I just don't remember or didn't notice, or what... But for a while after that first ride I was almost afraid to take the thing out of the garage. :)

Does it come with airbags? (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028470)

All i can see happening is an improved version of the Segway Faceplant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3gGav63_sE [youtube.com]

Wonder how long these devices will be made for before being sued out of existence, but then again Segway, Inc is doing alright. Out of curiosity aside from looking really cool and all, what exactly is the advantage of having one wheel vs two? It looks like it performs about the same as a low speed scooter.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028518)

Out of curiosity aside from looking really cool and all, what exactly is the advantage of having one wheel vs two?

Easier tire replacement?

(Seriously, this is a silly novelty vehicle)

Re:Does it come with airbags? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38030480)

(Seriously, this is a silly novelty vehicle)

And the Segway isn't?

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

zoloto (586738) | more than 2 years ago | (#38032708)

nope. It's highly functional.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

kryliss (72493) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028580)

So could we consider a Segway Faceplant to be a Segplant?

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

morethanapapercert (749527) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029622)

depends... if it's caused by hardware then it's a segfault (ba-doom-pish!)

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028654)

Less weight, less rolling resistance, smaller footprint, I imagine. The bigger wheel lets you roll over more surfaces, bumps, etc.

Get the speed and range up with a price under $4k and you have an awesome commuter vehicle alternative.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (2)

stomv (80392) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029062)

For urban-to-urban commuting, the 25 mph top speed is sufficient. Urban roadways have a speed limit of 30 mph and, during rush hour, rarely hit that speed due to the congestion. For suburban-to-urban commuting, 25 mph ain't going to cut it.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38030410)

A foldable, electric mini bike would probably be cheaper, safer and lighter.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029138)

In general it is taking the space of a single person. Allows this to be rode where people are normally walking. as TFA points out its key advantage over the Segway is that you can sit down on it so it can be drove longer.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

bobcat7677 (561727) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030112)

The other advantage the article points out is that it takes considerably less materials to build the Ryno. So it's more "green" and potentially cheaper to build.

Re:Does it come with airbags? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041718)

Takes up less space, therefore easier to park or carry in another vehicle. But then, my reaction to the Segway was, "If you just added a third wheel, you could make it a lot cheaper AND safer." I think the same argument applies to this: adding a small wheel up front would make it turn better and be less susceptible to faceplanting during a sudden stop. I've missed curb cuts on my bike and gone over the handlebars; I can only imaging what hitting an obstacle at 25mph on this would be like. Oh wait... it would probably be just like the time some asshole dug a hole at the top of a hill in a minibike trail, which not only sent be flying, but bent the front forks of my minibike.

Driods (1)

tiberus (258517) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028516)

Does it take voice commands and say "Roger, Roger"? It really reminds of a cross between battle droids and droid decar with a cyborg feel to it.

Wonder how it would handle off road or on sand?

Old News - was on H.A.D. back in Aug (1)

sys_mast (452486) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028524)

For Super rating on the post, i'll just copy the good HAD comments here, all in one post!

"It’s like a high-powered Segway and a unicycle got it on"

"Looks amazing.
But what a “face plant” under heavy braking."

"20 mph top speed with a 30 mile range?
try a bicycle."

"Monocycle perhaps?"

"It’s a darn good thing the Ryno comes with a Windshield so you can use it in the rain! "

http://hackaday.com/2010/08/20/electric-motorcycle-rocks-one-wheel/ [hackaday.com]

Re:Old News - was on H.A.D. back in Aug (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028826)

That windshield is so obviously useless, I wonder if it's sole purpose is to satisfy some strange state motor-safety standard.

Re:Old News - was on H.A.D. back in Aug (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029586)

The windshield on any sport motorcycle is useful only for its *named* purpose, to deflect wind ever so slightly up as to be less of a nuisance to the rider. Any sport bike rider who can actually use their windshield for looking through probably uses it to commute to the circus. Have you ever wondered why they dont bother putting a wiper on them?

Homebrew from several years ago (1)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028576)

Trevor Blackwell built both a couple of two-wheeled versions, but also built a unicycle about half a decade ago. He just figured "If Dean builds it with two wheels, and I can build one with two wheels, I'm gonna build one with one wheel":
Two wheeled original version [tlb.org]
Unicycle version [tlb.org]

Check out the video link on the Unicycle page, it's pretty amusing to watch him try and stop.

Advantages vs a bike - none/few? (1)

spineboy (22918) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030652)

How would this be better than a short wheelbase bike (which would inherently have more stability)? Yes you can do a quick 180 turn, but how often is that necessary?
I guess having a short rear - anti wheelie outrigger wheel (like those seen on wheelchairs) would take away the "magic" of the device, or make it seem less reliable.

Somebody give me a convincing argument.

Re:Advantages vs a bike - none/few? (1)

xrayspx (13127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38032954)

Well, I don't think Blackwell built his unicycle to be better than a bike, he built it because it was a neat experiment and because he could. He didn't even know how to ride a unicycle before building it, he learned to ride a unicycle just to try to build a powered unicycle. I don't think he'd ever suggest you like, buy one, or anything. He even gives full hardware specs and all the software he wrote to control his devices for free.

Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (3, Insightful)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028616)

At a market price at $3,500, it will take on Segway nicely. Still, the vast majority of people can get a bike for ~$100 and achieve similiar speeds. Even if they were to step up, it would be likely to some electric bike rather than one of these.

If I really was hot for personal transport of this sort, a Sym Symba (quality Honda Cub knockoff) can at least achieve $50 and isn't much bigger, plus a $1k less. Gas powered though.

When I was 16, I was thinking there has a market for an ultra small car, 1 passenger, if they can get it here for less than $5k or so. Just a town roundabout. Something that could achieve highway speeds but not much higher, like say 90mph, and any trunk space is minimal. When I see high school parking lots throughout the country with these big (sometimes initially expensive) clunkers.

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

Kral_Blbec (1201285) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029000)

90 mph is not much higher than highway speeds?

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029158)

Depends on the state and if you're climbing hills, where the real top speed is much lower than on flat ground.

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029230)

Assuming the GP meant Interstate highways (or similar speed roads), then no, that isn't much higher. For example, in the US the maximum interstate speeds for most states is 70 or 75 MPH. Add in the +10MPH that motorists often drive over the limit and you are pretty close to 90.

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029112)

Those cars exist. Try a google image search for 'single passenger car'. You just don't see them because there's no market for them. ;)

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (2)

shambalagoon (714768) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029126)

I agree - that's going to be the vehicle that revolutionizes transportation. I would trade my Accord in an instant for a $5,000-or-less electric commuter car with room for 1-2 people. 99% of my travel is going to work and back and the occasional errand. My wife and I have a full-sized car for other reasons - vacations, moving things, traveling with the baby.. but we don't need two cars like this. I bet few people would.

My commute and everyday errands don't even require highway travel, so a max speed of 45 MPH would be sufficient.

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030258)

I agree - that's going to be the vehicle that revolutionizes transportation. I would trade my Accord in an instant for a $5,000-or-less electric commuter car with room for 1-2 people. 99% of my travel is going to work and back and the occasional errand.

Is $20,000 + close enough [mitsubishicars.com] ?

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

Builder (103701) | more than 2 years ago | (#38033534)

Probably not, given that the parent is looking for $5000 and you're suggesting 4x5000

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (4, Insightful)

AndyMoney (621470) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029274)

There are diminishing returns for cars as they shrink past the size of about a Toyota Corolla. The extra weight needed to meet federal crash standards (USA) on tiny cars wipes out their potential efficiency advantages. Just look at the Smart car as an example. The Honda fit has twice the room and still gets better mileage. The only real benefit of 1 person car would be its ability to squeeze into small spots.

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041774)

My thoughts exactly. My daughter wants a Smart car; I keep saying I'll buy one when it's cheaper than and gets better gas mileage than my Honda Civic Hybrid (which seats 5 and gets 40 to 50 mpg). Until then, why should I pay more for a vehicle that carries less while using more fuel?

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

jeffmeden (135043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029628)

When I was 16, I was thinking there has a market for an ultra small car, 1 passenger, if they can get it here for less than $5k or so. Just a town roundabout. Something that could achieve highway speeds but not much higher, like say 90mph, and any trunk space is minimal. When I see high school parking lots throughout the country with these big (sometimes initially expensive) clunkers.

The biggest reason that will never ever be a reality is as soon as you turn a vehicle out on the highway, it needs to be able to stand up to every other kind of vehicle in a crash (motorcycles being the exception, but you knew that.) The Smart Car is probably the smallest practical vehicle the US will ever see on it's roads, unless the landscape dramatically changes (i.e. gas prices increase 5x.)

Re:Pretty Cool, Probably Won't Change Things Much (1)

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) | more than 2 years ago | (#38038700)

When I was 16, I was thinking there has a market for an ultra small car, 1 passenger, if they can get it here for less than $5k or so. Just a town roundabout. Something that could achieve highway speeds but not much higher, like say 90mph, and any trunk space is minimal. When I see high school parking lots throughout the country with these big (sometimes initially expensive) clunkers.

Renault Twizy? [renault-ze.com]

25 inch thick tyre WTF (1)

thephydes (727739) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028646)

my car tyres aren't 25 inches thick - or 25 inches wide for that matter. How about across/diameter - then we might be getting somewhere.

Re:25 inch thick tyre WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029076)

Yeah, I think the OP meant to say '25-inch diameter' tire, which isn't really all that impressive. Following the link shows a vehicle with a fairly wide, but otherwise unremarkable, tire.

What the fuck is a "tyre"? (1)

Slutticus (1237534) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030998)

Relax mate, just giving you the piss. Now off for a pint with me blokes followed by a good shag with a minging tart

Re:What the fuck is a "tyre"? (1)

thephydes (727739) | more than 2 years ago | (#38031956)

OK Cobber

What could possibly go wrong? (4, Insightful)

cvtan (752695) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028670)

Can't stop fast and can't accelerate quickly. That's why motorcycles have at least two wheels, not because people weren't clever enough to make a powered unicycle before this.

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028852)

Acceleration should be doable with a good computer control system. Forwards, stop, driver flips forward, then accelerate *hard* before he faceplants. Brakeing would still be a problem though. Brake too hard and you break the driver.

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (1)

nomel (244635) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028914)

All goes well until you lose traction/limit your balancing torque. Some melted ice cream would be enough to faceplant a forward lean.

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (1)

RightwingNutjob (1302813) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030084)

Also why the GM version of this (two wheels side-by-side) is a giant load of stupid unsuitable for high speeds (faster than walking) on real roads.

Re:What could possibly go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38031814)

Braking is controlled by a conventional brake lever. Squeeze the handle and the wheel drives out in front of you and balance vector angles back to dump energy into the battery. With the new elector-mechanical disc brake it will stop faster than a Ninja doing a front wheel stand.
 

Gimmick (3, Insightful)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028702)

Other than the gimmick of being a unicycle, I don't see any advantage of this over a regular motor-bicycle. Big thick tires and a handle bar and lights.

If instead of having a solid circular wheel, if the wheel had some variable geometry, (like the spokes were really linkages that could shrink or expand, if the spokes could be configured to create a notch some six inches deep) that be used to climb stairs, and once you reach the next level, the wheel becomes circular again, and you could roll along, then you are talking about something.

Re:Gimmick (1)

sonamchauhan (587356) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028822)

Now that's one of the most creative comments I've heard

Re:Gimmick (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028898)

Snow Crash [technovelgy.com] :

Smartwheels use sonar, laser range finding and millimeter wave radar to identify mufflers and other debris. Each one consists of a hub with many tiny spokes. Each spoke telescopes into five sections. On the end is a squat foot, rubber tread on the bottom, swiveling on a ball joint. As the wheel rolls, the feet plant themselves one at a time, almost glomming into one continuous tire. If you surf over a bump, the spokes contract to roll over it. If you surf over a pothole, the rubber prongs probe its asphalt depths. Either way, the shock is thereby absorbed, no thuds, smacks, vibrations, or clunks will make their way into the plank or the Converse hightops with which you tread it.

Re:Gimmick (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041812)

Just one problem with this: to do this in real time while traveling at decent speeds doubles the energy consumption of the vehicle, much like active suspension. Technologically doable, yes (given sufficient development time and money), but you would use more energy pumping spokes in and out than propelling yourself forward.

Re:Gimmick (1)

sonamchauhan (587356) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028986)

re: variable wheel geometry, a multi-segment toroidal wheel (instead of a continuous, deformable wheel using shrinkable spokes) may be the way to go. air pressure could be dynamically varied in the toroid segments: pressure would reduce or increase in the segments to conform them to the terrain they are rolling over.

Re:Gimmick (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028888)

I recall Snow Crash had cars with wheels like that, though their purpose was to improve performance and comfort on unmaintained, decaying, pothole-cratered roads.

Re:Gimmick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029050)

"though their purpose was to improve performance and comfort on unmaintained, decaying, pothole-cratered roads."

Just say it: America!

Re:Gimmick (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030280)

Ah yes. Snow Crash.

But a tired unicycle might do much better on unimproved trails / paths / hills. Not everything is paved. Yet.

how do you stop it? (3, Interesting)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028784)

With a 25mph top speed, how do you stop it in a hurry without ending up face down on the ground?

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029190)

Computer control to tilt you back.

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029916)

Is there going to be a sufficient moment arm to produce adequate braking torque?

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030024)

Computer control to tilt you back.

That sounds like how you'd do a normal stop, how do you do a panic stop?

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030050)

Computer control to tilt you back.

That sounds like how you'd do a normal stop, how do you do a panic stop?

And note that I've lifted the rear wheel of my motorcycle off the ground in a panic stop, so even if it tilts you all the way back so your back is touching the ground, it seems that you'd have limited stopping torque available.

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030318)

And note that I've lifted the rear wheel of my motorcycle off the ground in a panic stop, so even if it tilts you all the way back so your back is touching the ground, it seems that you'd have limited stopping torque available.

Consider this a built in safety feature. The vehicle pushes you into a recumbent position - butt down, feet forward - just before you crash into the wall / pedestrian / whatever. It's really the safest way to slide into something, assuming the something isn't an 18 wheeler.

Re:how do you stop it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38034522)

And note that I've lifted the rear wheel of my motorcycle off the ground in a panic stop, so even if it tilts you all the way back so your back is touching the ground, it seems that you'd have limited stopping torque available.

Consider this a built in safety feature. The vehicle pushes you into a recumbent position - butt down, feet forward - just before you crash into the wall / pedestrian / whatever. It's really the safest way to slide into something, assuming the something isn't an 18 wheeler.

An much like the proverbial "bug on a windshield", the last thing to go through your mind would be your a$$hole.

Re:how do you stop it? (1)

RightwingNutjob (1302813) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030126)

You don't. At least not in the real world. In the world where physics begins and ends at closed-form first- or second-order approximations around the trim point, I'm sure there's a way.

and many other things too (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028834)

and [ebay.com] many [ebay.com] other [ebay.com] things [ebay.com] take [ebay.com] on [ebay.com] thing [electric-bikes.com] too [google.com]

starting saving my pennies (1)

pbjones (315127) | more than 2 years ago | (#38028960)

..but I doubt that it will be allowed on the roads,just as the Segway is banned from many places, but it would be so cool see it parked in with a group of motorcycles.

Re:starting saving my pennies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38034836)

Might be saleable in the UK; 'Scooters' here have to have a top speed limiter that's about the same as this, so it could be saleable as an electric scooter if it meets the safety requirements. Bonus : Scooters do not require a full driving license. They are prohibited from using the motorways (highways), but for a vehicle with a 30 mile range that's likely to be less of a problem than it sounds.

Re:starting saving my pennies (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041824)

Yeah, I want to be the first to ride up to a biker bar in full leathers on one of these, just to see how far their chins drop...

Heavy Duty Electric Unicycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029046)

is also not a bad name for a band.

Complete rip-off of Ben Gulak's Uno... (3, Interesting)

Zenin (266666) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029248)

http://bpg-motors.com/ [bpg-motors.com]

The Uno evolved into a transforming design, but the initial versions were almost identical to this newest effort.

At least the Uno solved the face-plant issue; At high speeds it transforms into a traditional 2 wheeled motorcycle form.

Re:Complete rip-off of Ben Gulak's Uno... (3, Interesting)

GeckoX (259575) | more than 2 years ago | (#38029340)

Came here to see if any had posted this. Total rip-off. He was at this point over 4 years ago.
Article from 2008 here: http://www.popsci.com/node/21644 [popsci.com]

And Another... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029666)

Re:And Another... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#38035146)

Which was unveiled, at least in concept, in 2003 [forbes.com] .

Re:And Another... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041892)

Which looks like a better design to me. I would have used an additional small wheel both in front and in back, to handle cases of acceleration/deceleration that exceed the control systems limits. It needs to be able to stand up my itself and be wheeled around while it's turned off. Or the inevitable case where this thing suddenly loses power while traveling at 25mph...

ripoff... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38029402)

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Uno_(dicycle)

Anyone else look at this ... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030352)

... and see Mr. Garrison's "it" [wikipedia.org] ? With this creation you are, after all, riding something that looks to be shoved up your ass...

Random association time... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 2 years ago | (#38030800)

First thing this makes me think of is that scene with Lunch early in Dragonball Z...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UT4H5qaWt0g [youtube.com]

Blonde-psycho mode, hauling ass on a motor-unicycle, big bag of ill-gotten loot in one arm, bazooka in the other, getting chased by cops... Good times.

As seen on tv (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38032800)

Has anyone seen the anime movie Venus Wars? It's really old, but I liked it a lot.
I just mention it because has these weird motor bikes with only one wheel that really look like the one in the article.

design error (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38032850)

Making something that cool without a bitch seat is a huge error. What good is it if it's not getting you laid?

Life imitating art (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 2 years ago | (#38033638)

There is a picture create with Blender that looks quite similar, but with better colors: To the Competition [blender.org]

Life imitating art (1)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 2 years ago | (#38033812)

There is a picture create with Blender that looks quite similar, but with better colors: To the Competition [blender.org]

SBU ryno (1)

backwoods357 (2506412) | more than 2 years ago | (#38038450)

I would rather get a Focus Designs SBU for $2k less http://focusdesigns.com/design/ [focusdesigns.com] . It's smaller and light so I could just flip up the foot pegs, pick it up, step on public transit and use it to get around once I get to my destination. The Ryno just doesn't have a practical application. It's not fast enough to be used anywhere but residential neighborhoods, I highly doubt it's street legal and it's too dangerous to be on pedestrian sidewalks and walkways. What do you do with it when you get to your destination? It's too big to take inside and small enough to be shoved in someones trunk and stolen. I would rather have something faster then walking that I can take off it's stand by the door on my way out the door and just set in my office when I get to work. I can see the sbu really taking off in big cities where people don't always own cars and could replace taxi use. At $4.11 ($1500/365=4.109) a day I can easily justify its price in a year.

Re:SBU ryno (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 2 years ago | (#38041916)

"The SBU features rider head protection when the rider wears the proper helmet or head protection gear. " LOL!

existing tech (1)

nobodie (1555367) | more than 2 years ago | (#38038596)

i saw an early vid of the Uno, but none of these things can touch my electric bike I bought in China and shipped back here to the US. Even this one, which is low powered by Chinese standards (10 Amp, 48 volt battery) goes 25-30 miles and hour, has seats for two and can easily carry two people with little power loss. I ride it to work every day, then leave at 5 and go to my son's school, pick him up and we ride home across campus and on the road s to our apartment, getting home by 5:30. With this schedule I can go 4 days on a single charge.

The kicker is that I paid about $325 US for it.

What are they trying to do with this thing anyway?

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