Ever since the Segway started people thinking about the self balancing scooter concept, there have been several attempts to build something similar. The Ryno, is an electric self balancing unicycle from Ryno Motors, a Portland, Oregon company started by Chris Hoffmann, a mechanical engineer who has been working on prototypes and finally has one that he says is just about ready for the market.
The 125 pound scooter has a range of 30 miles and a top speed of 25 mph. A 1 1/2 hour recharge and you’re off again.
Estimated price of the production model will be about $3500, though Chris says he’s already sold 5 pre-production hand built units for $25,000. I guess some guys just have to be first.
Judging from the videos below it seems to work pretty well and the photo at the top of this article looks like it runs on the street at a reasonable pace. Security guards and similar folks are the target market where long hours standing on a Segway might get a bit tiring. Now all they have to do is boost the speed and range and let everyone have at it though it could be perfectly fine as is for the intended market. Interesting.
UPDATE: New videos added