The AirWheel has become the latest personal transportation sensation as many companies around the world are getting involved in the selling of this particular product. AirWheels are essentially electric unicycles without a seat, but instead with small platforms on either side of the wheels where a person stands as they are being transported along sidewalks and streets to their destination.
Most AirWheels will travel up to 12 mph and come equipped with internal stabilizers to make it easy to keep your balance. The AirWheel is compact and lightweight enough to carry around when not in use and there are different brands which includes a variety of styles for this unique transportation device.
While seemingly a product of the 21st century, the actual design ideas for AirWheels go back quite some time as personal transportation devices.
The History of the AirWheel Design
The unicycle which is the basis for the AirWheel design can be traced back to the 19th century. However, the modern, motorized versions are a 20th century invention that started with the dynasphere in the 1930s that was a large, single wheel invention with the driver sitting inside. While the concept itself was quite unique and offered many advantages, the dynasphere suffered the same fate as all unicycles in that they were difficult to steer.
Because both the driving and propelling was being done by one wheel, the difficult with steering as well as balancing were the trouble points. However, that all changed with the development and miniaturization of gyroscopes which provided the needed balancing and directional control that allowed for the development of the AirWheel.
In addition to the gyroscopes, it has been the advances in material design which has also made the AirWheel a very practical device. Crafted from silicone facias, the body of the device is flexible, soft and very comfortable when in operation. It also provides a very clean exterior that is easy to maintain and the wheels are quite sturdy and durable. The pedals are crafted from aluminum and will last a very long time under normal use conditions.
The AirWheel is a device that is very portable, inexpensive and a lot of fun to ride which is perfect for those who need personal transportation that cannot be supplied by a motor scooter, moped or bicycle because they are too large or cumbersome. The devices are battery powered and can travel upwards of 25 to 30 miles before they need recharging.
Because of the gyroscopes inside, balancing and steering are easy to learn and within seconds a person can learn to ride comfortably on one of these devices. The wheel design is such that they can even be taken off the road as well if needed.
Their main competition, the Segway, is also a very well designed personal transportation device that was hampered by its expensive price tag. The new AirWheels have the same advantages at a much lower price and they are easier to carry and store. It’s little wonder that these devices are getting a great deal of attention today.