An electric unicycle!?

Posted by Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling

A new electric, self-balancing unicycle was recently unveiled by the folks from Mobbo. It may actually not be that new, however, as it strongly resembles a very similar device we covered back in 2011.

The Mobbo Electric Unicycle, according to the company selling it, has a range of 16 km/h and a top speed of 16 km/h, which are the same specifications as the Solowheel from Inventist. There’s a red plastic piece on the two which looks the same, and both share gyro sensors, a 1000-watt motor and a rechargeable battery, which captures energy cruising downhill and slowing down/stopping (via regenerative braking, like a Prius).

image via Mobbo

image via Mobbo

Inventist, at the time we covered the Solowheel unicycle, was soliciting individuals and businesses interested in re-selling the device. Assuming Mobbo is a reseller, you may actually get more of a deal buying it from this company, as it prices for $999 ($1,399 regularly) from them versus $1,795 from its original creator.

In case you are wondering on how to ride it, it requires a little bit of a learning curve. After you turn it on and it becomes more stabilized, you can hop aboard. It reportedly takes between 15 and 40 minutes to learn basic riding techniques. This skill learning will eventually evolve into controlling your speed properly by “keeping your leaning weight balanced and standing straight.”

The Mobbo, which takes around three hours to recharge, is lightweight to carry and envisioned as something you might ride if you have a commute under five miles. It reportedly takes under 20 minutes to achieve this distance.

Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling