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wd40
2014-Aug-28, 04:22 PM
Has anyone here had experience with this "AirWheel" device?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0wdWLJPGLY

NEOWatcher
2014-Aug-28, 05:04 PM
Why are you asking?
Do you want a review because you're thinking of buying one, or do you want to know something about it's technology, or are you just spamming us?

Trebuchet
2014-Aug-28, 05:05 PM
Never seen it before but it looks interesting. Sort of a Segway without the handlebars.

DaveC426913
2014-Aug-28, 05:47 PM
Sort of a Segway without about 90% of the Segway!

That's pretty cool.

But they look like they're really concentrating to stay balanced. Probably good for your core muscles.

galacsi
2014-Aug-28, 07:17 PM
I prefer walking on my feet ! It's cheaper and it keeps my weight and tension under control !

Noclevername
2014-Aug-28, 08:11 PM
Isn't that the same wheel the caveman from the BC comic strip uses?

DaveC426913
2014-Aug-29, 01:53 PM
Isn't that the same wheel the caveman from the BC comic strip uses?

AHAHA! That's exactly what it is!!!

HenrikOlsen
2014-Aug-31, 01:30 PM
Not quite, Thor is standing with his feet on top of the axis, not on platforms below it.
Rather different dynamics involved, but then B.C. is creationist fantasy rather than science fiction so the technical inaccuracy is to be expected.

captain swoop
2014-Aug-31, 07:44 PM
This is a lot better. You sit on it and it has handlebars.

One wheel Motorcycle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7EcOGbJzZg

Trebuchet
2014-Sep-01, 12:14 AM
Balancing the airwheel must be "interesting". Clearly it has to be dynamically balanced fore and aft; I don't think any normal human could keep it up. A unicycle has has the pedals and uses the human brain as the computer for the same purpose. Laterally, you're on your own. You'll notice in the video that you see a lot of people riding, but very little getting on and off.

NEOWatcher
2014-Sep-02, 05:38 PM
This is a lot better. You sit on it and it has handlebars.
One wheel Motorcycle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7EcOGbJzZg
Apparently from the "related" videos, that's not the only one.

After watching this and a few others, I'm baffled why anyone would want a motorized unicycle when a two wheeler isn't going to be much bigger.
At least this AirWheel thing is very compact and tote-able. Although there have been stories about motorized skateboards.



Balancing the airwheel must be "interesting". Clearly it has to be dynamically balanced fore and aft; I don't think any normal human could keep it up. A unicycle has has the pedals and uses the human brain as the computer for the same purpose. Laterally, you're on your own. You'll notice in the video that you see a lot of people riding, but very little getting on and off.
I don't see anyone slowing down or speeding up. The ones that do get on, get it moving as they get on, and the ones that do get off come to an abrupt stop that looks as though they are jumping off.

I just don't understand how any information of the user's COG is transferred to the device. At least with a Segway or Motorized unicycle, there is a handlebar that can tilt the machine to say if the occupant is starting to fall forward or back.

wd40
2014-Sep-02, 05:59 PM
I don't see anyone slowing down or speeding up.


At 0.35 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTFlqgCn-4U) and 4.30 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEOk494rhXE)
they can be seen to bend slightly forward and rapidly speed up to 10mph.

At that speed an absolutely smooth surface seems to be a requirement for this vehicle, otherwise a visit to the facial, arm or knee surgeon would seem likely.

publiusr
2014-Sep-06, 06:25 PM
Let me know when one levitates..never, I know.

HenrikOlsen
2014-Sep-10, 11:57 AM
I just don't understand how any information of the user's COG is transferred to the device. At least with a Segway or Motorized unicycle, there is a handlebar that can tilt the machine to say if the occupant is starting to fall forward or back.
Angle of foot rests.