Shane Chen, the creator of the trendy Hovertrax hoverboard laid out his plans for a new self-balancing scooter called 'Iota.' Chen has returned to Kickstarter for crowdfunding.
Iota is a crossed version of Chen's two highly acclaimed products, the Hovertrax and Solowheel. Iota is a like an hoverboard cut in half, bounded both ends to form a single wheel-ish device with standing pedals. This new hover-ish self-balancing scooter can run up to eight miles and can be charged for 40 minutes only.
Riders also can fold both pedals for easy storage and backpacking. The Solowheel weighs only eight pounds, therefore, carrying them anywhere is not an issue. The Solowheel Iota is currently on crowdfunding in Kickstarter for $395, and would probably cost $600 in the market.
How it differentiates itself from Hovertrax? Aside from its Unicycle-like appearance, Iota differentiates itself with the most powerful motors and batteries the company has used with their previous inventions. It amplifies greater transportation feeling which is undescribable.
Iota is also based on human dynamics of different standing position and wheel arrangements. It is also packed with parallelogram-based turning assist mechanism for easy usage and maneuvering. Bluetooth connections for smartphones and watches are soon to be featured. Nonetheless, the Solowheel Iota is "perfect for 'last mile' commuting, hanging out around town, running quick errands or just having fun," says The Verge.
Inventists stated that Iota's first units will start shipping in September. For more information about this new self-balancing scooter, check the Kickstarter page. Chen posted important facts such as CAD drawings, ideas, and even prototype photos. Well, probably it's about time to relive the hoverboard craze.
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