"I couldn't have built a gas powered onewheel," said Kyle Doerksen, CEO of Future Motion and inventor of the onewheel board. "It would simply not have been possible until we had certain building blocks available."
If you haven't seen one yet, the onewheel looks like a skateboard, but with a fat tire that has penetrated directly into the middle of the board. You put your feet on the deck on either side of the wheel and lean in the direction you want to go. Internal sensors adjust your speed depending on how much your weight shifts forward or backward.
Future Motion launched the Onewheel in 2016. Doerksen refuses to provide hard sales from thousands of people who ride Onewheels.
For onewheel riders like Chris Romine, his dedication is based on the unique experience of the mobile offerings. Distraction
Romine lives in Petersburg, Alaska, where he routinely spins himself. He got on the device because he saw it as the next way to recreate the snowboarding experience. He says he rides an onewheel between 300 and 400 miles a month.
"Once you get good on an onewheel, you really never have to get out until you get through the door wherever you go," says Romine. "Other devices don't have this ease of use."
This ease of use carries risks. Destruction is seen as a kind of rite that takes possession of Onewheel. Take a look at the community's subreddit and it feels like every third post is a new, humble driver, showing the bloody aftermath of his recent "dive". Supporters say that this can of course be expected.
"Why do we stand on two legs?" Says Dörksen. “It is very difficult and computationally intensive. You know, we're not as fast as a cheetah, but there are many advantages to being in a position that may have to fight a little bit against physics, but has a few advantages. “
Adventurous drivers like Romine approach this type of device knowing that things can get incredibly fast. But for single wheels to reach a wider audience, they need to appeal to people who would rather just get on and move around than learn an entire sport. People who are just trying to get to work.
If cities are the future of humanity, then micromobility is the future of cities. The road infrastructure was largely unable to cope with the influx of cars swarming over them. The use of electric vehicles has exploded as people look for ways to overcome the last mile of their journey. Cities that want to support their emerging populations must reconfigure their streets to give commuters priority for pedestrians, cyclists and small electric vehicles ̵
Jeff Wills is the Experience Director at Electric Unicycle Collective (EUCO), an organization of unicycle evangelists that aims to train riders and advocate for the distribution of the devices. (The organization also helps with sales.) Wills sees the electric unicycle as an antidote to urban congestion.
"I think we will look back on this time in the future and it will be so. One of these things is difficult for our children to explain that we have all spent so much time in our cars in traffic," says Wills. He adds: “Life becomes so impersonal if you work every day and don't interact with people. Once you begin to experience life from your feet again, it is profound. It changes life. "