Uno: Cooler Than Segway

One-wheeled 'motorcycle' goes green with electricity—and stylish to boot
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 3:12 PM CDT
Ben Gulak and the Uno   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Looking like a tricked out motorbike, the Uno is electric personal transportation with style, the Chicago Tribune reports. Designed by 19-year-old inventor Ben Gulak, the device employs no throttle or brake, relying on its rider's leanings to guide it, and is so intuitive an 8-year-old picked it up instantly at a recent vehicle expo.

Gulak was inspired by a visit to China, where the pollution, much of it from gas-powered scooters, made an impression on him. He knew electric transport was the answer, but people would have to want to ride the thing. Now, his attractive Uno can match the Segway’s 12½ mph—and Gulak is sure it could hit 40 with tweaking.