PHOTO CAPTION: Shopper riding Ryno electric uni-cycle

Ryno Electric Unicycle: Safer Than It Looks

Wired's Tim Moynihan reviews the electric, self-balancing unicycle.

Published: 28-Jan-2014

It takes a special kind of magic to make an electric one-wheeled motorcycle not terrifying to ride, and Ryno Motors has pulled it off. The microcycle, which has a single 25-inch motorcycle tire and reaches speeds up to 10 mph, uses a combination of gyroscope sensors and accelerometers to balance itself. That, combined with a strategic weight distribution and an intuitive acceleration and braking method, makes this motorized unicycle from the future actually feel... safe.

It's a magnet for attention, too. Plenty of people at the Wired New York office stopped by to check it out. Many of them wanted to ride it -- in no small part because it looks and feels like something Syd Mead dreamed up. What inspired the vehicle is more cute than futuristic though.

"My daughter drew a sketch of a one-wheel motorcycle she saw in a video game and asked me to build it," says Ryno CEO Chris Hoffmann. "She was 13 years old."



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