One Wheel Skateboard, It’s not quite the hoverboard we all hoped to be riding by 2013, but a Silicon Valley firms has created the next best thing – a self balancing, one wheeled skateboard.
Called the Onewheel, the $1300 gadget has a single air filled tyre taken from a go-kart.
It can reach speeds on 12mph, and turn 360 degrees within the length of the board – all while balancing itself usign the same motion sensing technology found in a smartphone.
Riders can accelerate up to 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot.
Leaning back slows down, or even reverses, and regenerative braking recharges the battery during deceleration.
Light heel or toe pressure carves turns and can even turn 360 degrees within the length of the board.
The firm behind it, Future Motion says it ‘lets you fly over pavement on only a single wheel’.
The firm today launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project.