Of all the new inventions I came across at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, Onewheel was the most innovative.
Created by Kyle Doerksen, a consumer products engineer and avid snowboarder, Onewheel is a self-balancing, electric skateboard that carves cement like a snowboard on only – you guessed it – one wheel. And at a top speed of 12 mph, it glides almost as fast as a Segway.
Doerksen made his first prototype in his garage, a mishmash of tires and plywood. But without a stability augmentation system within the board’s motor, he surmised that he wouldn’t be able to balance himself.
“The first functional prototype had a chain drive and big, heavy acid batteries, [and] even that first one was really fun to ride,” said Doerksen, who set out to turn that prototype into a product. "That meant simplifying it, making it more powerful and maneuverable.”
Onewheel is just that. It's primary feature is a big, go-kart tire, 6-inches-wide, that contains an electric hub motor. The board also has gyro andRead More »from Sidewalk Surfer