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RYNO self-balancing electric one-wheeler – just don't call it a scooter

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November 3, 2011

The RYNO is a one-wheeled self-balancing electric personal transportation device, designed...

The RYNO is a one-wheeled self-balancing electric personal transportation device, designed for short, low-speed trips

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When it comes to self-balancing personal transportation devices, it looks like the Solowheel, Honda U3-X, Uno and Segway could all be in for a little competition. Portland, Oregon-based RYNO Motors is currently in the process of launching its own entry in the weird-little-electric-vehicles race, which it appropriately calls the RYNO. Like Bombardier's EMBRIO concept, it has just one wheel. If nothing else, that feature will definitely get riders noticed.

Unlike some of its potential competitors (particularly the Uno), the RYNO is not intended to take the place of a motorcycle. With a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and a range of up to 30 miles (48 km), it's intended more for short-distance, low-speed jaunts, possibly even being ridden amongst pedestrians. Its designers don't even consider it to be in the same market category as scooters, as they claim that its smaller size, better maneuverability in tight quarters, and projected lower price make it a sufficiently different type of vehicle.

The RYNO has a lithium-iron-phosphate battery pack, that is said to recharge in just an hour and a half. The vehicle weighs 125 pounds (57 kg) - although the average rider likely couldn't carry it very far, they could at least wheel it into an elevator then store it in their apartment at night.

The RYNO is a one-wheeled self-balancing electric personal transportation device, designed...

Its turning radius ranges from zero to three feet (0.9 meters), and it can manage inclines up to 30 percent. Should over-zealous riders try to push the bike too far, such as by attempting to exceed its speed or tilt limits, its Auto Balance System will first of all provide warnings to the user, and then temporarily take control of the machine.

RYNO Motors is currently in the process of hand-building 50 limited edition pre-production bikes that will sell for US$25,000. When the production version is ready to ship, which should be early next year, its estimated price will be approximately $3,500.

The following video shows the RYNO in motion.

Product page: RYNO Motors

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
13 Comments

To say this thing is over price is a bit of an understatement! But that being said I LOVE this thing and would have one in a heart beat if I could! It's nice to see some cool things come out of my former home town. :-)

mrhuckfin
4th November, 2011 @ 04:33 am PDT

awesome for doing wheelies.

Martin King
4th November, 2011 @ 05:05 am PDT

Why?

Facebook User
4th November, 2011 @ 05:26 am PDT

Code Lyoko bike?

Joseph Abernethy
4th November, 2011 @ 06:52 am PDT

I wonder how well it copes with an emergency stop?

Steve Lane
4th November, 2011 @ 08:34 am PDT

beats jogging :)

Victor McDermott
4th November, 2011 @ 08:35 am PDT

Looks slow as F*$%

Facebook User
4th November, 2011 @ 08:49 am PDT

When it comes to full production at $3500, I will undoubtedly buy it, mod it for better gyroscopic stability, add my custom electric motor, make it a hybrid, and make it able to cross 75 mph.. safely. hahaha

Micah James Houchin
4th November, 2011 @ 12:01 pm PDT

Of course.. just in case, I will be wearing full body armour if that happens.

Micah James Houchin
4th November, 2011 @ 12:04 pm PDT

Walking is so pedestrian.

Clayton Anderson
4th November, 2011 @ 01:42 pm PDT

The video is very poorly done, unless they are trying to conceal how difficult it is to maneuver the thing. It looks very dicey and precarious with the rider just kind of puttering along gingerly. I would just naturally assume the thing is marginally stable and takes quite a bit of concentration to ride it properly and point it in the right direction, and would not exactly be relaxing to ride. Maybe this assumption is wrong, but they are not doing much to convince otherwise. Also it looks like theres no suspension and the rider goes over a little bump and pogos up and down.

You can get a folding electric bike that undoubtedly beats this thing in range, weight, specs etc, costs relatively little, is very easy to ride. It's a lot to pay both it $$ and in function for a circus novelty of having just one wheel.

HerrDrPantagruel
6th November, 2011 @ 11:08 am PST

Very cool - as an around the place toodler....

By it's very design - it's benefits and limitations are best kept to low speed and low performance.

Not that keen on the narrow little seat.... Oooooooooo doing a trip around Australia on that in 50 K runs = "Ouch".

Mr Stiffy
6th November, 2011 @ 07:17 pm PST

Prediction - it will work - and no doubt soon out will come the high speed versions... THEN we'll see some racing!

Marke
7th November, 2011 @ 07:05 am PST
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