Commercial self-balancing unicycle

Focus Design sent us a video of their self balancing unicycle (looks like they’re taking on Focus Features too). The electric machine moves at 8MPH and lasts 1.5hrs on a single charge. It only weighs 24.6lbs. They say that new riders only need about 2hrs. practice. They’re building ten units to start for $1500 each.

Electric unicycles are nothing new to our community. We’ve long been fans of [Trevor Blackwell]‘s electric unicycle. [Trevor] spent several months learning how to ride a regular unicycle before he could properly debug the electric version. There are several other designs out there: The Einrand-Fahrzeug has a wide wheel to make balancing easier. The eniCycle includes a steering mechanism. The Uniquecycle has a brushless motor in hub for a compact design. We did a roundup back in July that covers these plus many other motorized unicycle concepts.

Comments

  1. SurferPR says:

    God… I have seen some pretty useless expensive stuff before but this one takes the cake!

  2. epicelite says:

    IN BEFORE SEGWAY TAKEOFF.

  3. mat says:

    Looks like the trundelbugs from The Roads Must Roll. OMG Heinlein was right!!!!

  4. homerg says:

    so if you hop off, will it still stand upright? that’d be the only thing that makes it worth it to me :P

  5. w00tb0t says:

    I want one, now maybe I can one-up Randal Munroe.

    The price seems a little steep but I would be willing to dish out that much for one. I wonder if anyone has released an entirely open-source version with decent documentation and schematics. If not looks like I might have myself a project for the next month or so.

    I like the enicycle a bit more, the design seems a little cleaner.

    On a side note, does anyone happen to know the name of the song in this video. Sounds like a nice adition to my ambient mixes.

  6. sam says:

    This takes away the fun and glory of unicycles.

  7. mjf says:

    the song, albeit seems to be a remix, is probably my favorite ambient song period.

    the album leaf- micro melodies

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Album+Leaf/_/Micro+Melodies

    the album versions a bit cleaner of course.

  8. w00tb0t says:

    Thanks, I should have known. I have their album, I knew I have heard something like this before.

  9. Ben says:

    Boring… don’t need it to be self balancing ;)

  10. John Dingley says:

    The Segway patent of Dean Kamen does also cover one wheeled designs. While making something like this for personal amusement might be OK, making and selling them commercially might not be.
    The enicycle looks a lot better to ride as it has an ingenious steering mechanism in addition to the forwards/backwards self-balancing.

  11. Daniel Wood says:

    Check out the video of Adam Savage riding the SBU (self-balancing unicycle) for the first time: http://focusdesigns.com/2009/12/21/adam-savage-sbu/

  12. Daniel Wood says:

    SBU (Self Balancing Unicycle) V2.0 is released.

    http://focusdesigns.com/design/

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