While self-balancing toys have been around for quite some time, the gyroscopic technology found in them have recently been put to use in real-life vehicles, such as unicycles and bikes. Continue reading to see five of the coolest self-balancing technologies.
5. Self-Balancing Table
We’ve seen the future of food delivery, and it’s robotic. However, it may not come back when the well done steak you ordered arrives as medium rare. A Japanese engineer has managed to build a self-balancing table that’s capable of waiting tables, or at least delivering the food, and playing a tune while doing so. It’s equipped with several infrared light sensor to help maintain balance, gyroscopes, and is controlled with a remote — data is processed by remote computer. Early prototypes are wired, but in the video above, you’ll also see an untethered version.
4. iBOT Wheelchair
Designed by Segway creator Dean Kamen, the iBot 4000 Mobility System “uses multiple built-in computers that work in conjunction with gyroscopes” to climb stairs. That’s not all, it also features triple redundant backup systems and auditory/visual signals for added safety. No word yet on pricing or availability.
Powered by a 1000W battery, the self-balancing eniCycle is “capable of running for three hours, making the range 30 miles.” Best of all, it features a three-hour battery, gyroscope and a spring damper — its creator, Polutnik, claims a 30 minute learning curve. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.
We have seen the future of training wheels, and it’s the Gyrobike. This inventions “uses the ‘gyroscopic precession’ of the independently spinning disk inside it to stabilize the bike.” The force created when the disk is turned – via a rechargeable battery – is powerful enough to hold a wheel upright at very low speeds.
RYNO has unveiled a limited edition, self-balancing unicycle that can travel up to 30-miles on a single charge, with a top speed of 20mph. Unfortunately, you’ll have to shell out $25,000 for the privilege of owning one. According to Technabob, “RYNO Motors is in the middle of building a series of 50 hand built limited edition pre-production bikes; these numbered bikes will have all the features of our production bike and be accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity.”