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SBU – self balancing electric unicycle gets you to work smoothly and smog free


There’s something fascinating about the idea of commuting without a car or public transport. Kind of like flying without a plane. And now there’s a new form of locomotion which is on offer for the daring, and which promises to deliver a 21st century type experience without all the unnecessary hype.

The SBU (or self balancing unicycle) is what it says, an electric motor powered unicycle (version 3) which contains the same kind of balancing gyros as you’ll find in a Segway, which will keep you from toppling over as you travel. The thing will speed along as a respectable 12.5 mph, and will cover a range of between 7 and 10 miles depending on the weight of the rider.


Recharging takes just an hour, and because it’s small and can be dismantled, you can use it to complete the last part of your commute, or even take it on board an aircraft to give you ultimate airport to office freedom. Apparently it only takes around 20 minutes to learn how to ride the SBU, which seems impressively short. We like the idea that you get a nice comfy seat. Priced at $1795 (with financing available).

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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