We know we are deviating from the norm when it comes to the rigs we typically feature, but the Onewheel definitely got our attention! Created by Future Motion Inc., a California-based company, Onewheel is a self-balancing electric skateboard that can be used both on and off pavement. According to Future Motion, it’s a “revolutionary new boardsport.”
Onewheel was the brainchild of Kyle Doerksen, a consumer and technical products designer with multiple engineering degrees from Stanford. The idea evolved out of Doerksen’s daily one mile walk to and from work. He thought there had to be a better way to make the trek that was both fun and exciting. To get Onewheel off the ground, Doerksen and his team knew they needed more capital. They headed to Kickstarter in January of 2014 with a goal of $100,000. Three weeks later, Onewheel was successfully funded with $630,000.
The concept behind Onewheel is simple, but the science is a little more complex. Onewheel uses a single wheel in the center with a footpad on each side. Solid-state inertial sensors and a complex algorithm balance the board around the wheel. It is a completely hands-free operation. If you want to move forward, simply lean forward on the board. To slow down or stop, lean back. To steer the board left or right, simply press your heals or toes to turn in the direction you want to go.
Onewheel retails for $1,499 and comes with one Ultracharger. It’ll reach speeds of up to 15 mph and has a range of 6 to 7 miles on a full charge. Charging takes roughly 20 minutes. Due to the popular demand, Future Motion is currently shipping orders 6 to 8 weeks after purchase. There is also a full lineup of accessories for the Onewheel available ranging from fenders and bumpers to replacement footpads. To learn more about Onewheel, check out Future Motion’s website.