Australian release: 1st April 2012
Shane Chen President of Inventist based in the USA worked for twenty years as the founder of CID Inc., developing electronic instruments for plant scientists. Although his business was extremely successful, he yearned for a new challenge. An avid athlete, one day he saw an ad for exercise equipment and thought, "I can do better than that."
Now his hobby has become a thriving business. His secret to his success is a well-grounded philosophy… "when an invention fails, it provides an opportunity for a better product" states Shane. His work ethic has paid off. He has grown his fledgling business, Inventist, into a multi-million dollar company. With the new Solowheel, Shane continues to reinvent the proverbial wheel.
How Solowheel Works
The Solowheel uses gyro sensors, a 1000 Watt motor and a rechargeable battery to get you on your way. To understand the physics behind the Solowheel, think about the last time you went ice skating. Your feet are relatively free to move over the slick surface of the ice. When you skate in a straight line on one foot, you can see your foot steer right and left to balance your body.
Simply put one foot on the platform and push off. Your other foot goes on the other platform. Lean forward to go forward and lean back to slow down and stop. Twist your feet left and right to balance and steer. The motion is similar to steering the front wheel of a bicycle.
Users can ride for 15-20 kilometers at up to 15 kilometers per hour and the lithium-ion battery can be fully recharged in only two hours. Like Hybrid cars, the Solowheel battery recaptures energy when going downhill or slowing down.
Be sure to watch the instructional videos for visual guidelines on learning to ride the Solowheel.