“One” wheeled wonder

If you’re like me who cringes every time it’s time to pay for the gas bill then join me in welcoming one of the latest innovations to hit the transportation industry—the UnoCycle.

19 year old Ben Gulak of Toronto, who has been tinkering with machine gizmos since he was 5, thought of inventing this motorbike when he went to China and never got the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the city since smog covered its surroundings due to the motorcycles used by the people there. This “one”-wheeled motorbike is said to lessen the damage to the environment caused by fuel emissions since it’s battery-operated.

The design of the UnoCycle looks quite futuristic and the model is one of a kind. From the side, it looks as if it only has one wheel but if you check it out in the front you’ll see that it has two similar sized motorbike wheels to give the rider more balance.

Operating just like the Segway, the driver leans forward to make it accelerate and leans backward to hit the brakes. If the rider wants to turn to a certain course, he simply steers into the direction he wants and the wheels automatically regulate its stability to prevent the rider from falling by using a computer generated system. It can go up to 15 miles per hour but the inventor said that it can likely reach 40.

No news yet on when it will be released as it’s not out in the market yet, but an estimated price of $6000 is expected for this gadget. Not bad for something that has two wheels and one button to turn the bike on or off.

With gas prices spiking up like the hot Sahara desert, this one man motorbike (yes only one person can ride it) is exactly what we need to lessen the burden of our thinning wallets.

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