Solowheel Iota: A Mini Personal E-Vehicle
A very small self-balancing personal electric vehicle from the creators of the Solowheel and Hovertrax – the original hoverboard.
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About this project
We’re happy to present to you the Solowheel Iota: a new personal vehicle for the savvy 21st century commuter.
Inventist is a world leader in bringing to market groundbreaking and affordable personal e-vehicles. We brought you the Solowheel and the incredibly popular Hovertrax – the original invention launched in May 2013 that started the craze for hoverboards.
When we introduced our first Solowheel, we billed it as the smallest, greenest, most convenient e-vehicle ever invented. That title now goes to the Iota, which will have 8″ wheels and weigh as little as 8lbs. We have a working prototype and are now in the final stages of testing and fine-tuning. As people already know from riding the Solowheel and Hovertrax, our self-balancing technology is the best in the industry, we only use high-quality battery packs and motors, and we use a full suite of electronic safety features. You can expect the same level of quality from the Iota.
The Birth of a Design
Shane Chen and Inventist have been involved with and working on self-balancing personal transportation technology for a while now. For those who haven’t experienced the feeling, it’s hard to communicate. It’s a gliding, flying, free sort of feeling that enables you to move effortlessly and gracefully through the landscape. The Solowheel has the most powerful motor of these inventions, but isn’t practical for inside use, and is difficult to learn.
When we introduced the Hovertrax, we realized that there is a place for smaller, elegant devices which are more for play and less for transportation, but the concept caught on so thoroughly that we began to experiment with different ways of using two wheels that might be more versatile than the Hovertrax.
The Iota is birthed from an extended look into the human dynamics of different standing positions and wheel arrangements. Adopting a lower, two-wheeled stance relative to the Hovertrax and Solowheel, we are able to find compromise between both worlds, making a device that is easy to learn and more versatile than the Hovertrax.
For prototyping purposes we were able to use components from the Hovertrax to quickly prove out the concept. For our production version, we plan to use a much more powerful motor.
We’re happy to say that we’re planning to make the Iota in the USA — a first for our Solowheel line! We’re running this Kickstarter campaign to offer fans an early chance of getting an Iota for themselves, and to secure sufficient funding to make initial production economical for the end user. We’re grateful for your support and excited to add another offering to our line of self-balancing vehicles!
Its patent-pending design includes a parallelogram-based turning assist mechanism which makes the Iota maneuverable and easy to use. In addition to an intelligent rider detection system, folding pedals, lights and a convenient carrying handle, the Iota will include Bluetooth capabilities, with smartphone and watch apps coming soon. We’re also developing a suspension system.
Range: up to 8 miles (12.8 km)
Speed: capable of 10 mph (16 kph)
Incline: 15 degrees
Weight: approx. 8 pounds (3.6 kg)
Width: 7” (17.8 cm)
Weight limit: 250 lbs (113.4 kg)
Inflatable 8” (20 cm) wheel
100Wh lithium ion battery
Charge time: approx. 40 minutes
Front and rear lights
The selling price will be $600, but you only need to pledge $445 to receive an Iota. We expect to ship them by September 2017.
If you are looking for reliable outdoor transportation, if you want to support American innovation, or if you just want to have some fun on the newest gadget, please support the Solowheel Iota!