These electric unicycles work by putting your feet on either side of the wheel and shifting your body weight.
Li Wei, founder of electric unicycle startup F-wheel
Photo: Courtesy of F-wheel
Heavy e-bikes are yesterday’s news, and riding a Segway no longer attracts admiring comments. To stand out from the crowd, and make instant connections with new friends, those seeking convenience and the environmentally aware are starting to mount self-balancing electric unicycles. Metropolitan (MB) spoke with Li Wei, founder of electric unicycle startup F-wheel, about the fast success his company has experienced and the high tech features of his product.
MB: What are the advantages of F-wheel’s self-balancing electric unicycle?
Li: It is equipped with advanced internal intelligent gyroscope devices. It automatically responds to commands to accelerate, brake and turn, according to the rider’s tilt position and angle. It is very small and easy to carry, especially for short walks. In addition, people can regard riding it as a sort of physical exercise. What’s more, with zero pollution, F-wheel helps protect the environment. It is the most popular method of short-distance transport this year.
MB: What did you learn from starting this business?
Li: I encountered many setbacks at first. It was not easy to create a brand. We moved four times a year, from a basement to landmark buildings in the city. When facing difficulties, I told myself, “When I stop, my opponent is still running.” Looking back, I am still grateful for the days of struggle, which are a treasure I will carry with me for the rest of my life. If I could do it all again, I would still choose entrepreneurship. Businessmen deserve respect from people because they create valuable things for society.
MB: What kind of spirit does the electric unicycle reflect?
Li: The most important thing it reflects is a spirit of confidence. An electric unicycle is not simply a method of transport, but makes a fashion statement. By driving the electric unicycle, you expand your social network. You will be the center of the attention when driving a unicycle, and many people will look at you with envy.
MB: What is the future for this product?
Li: I think it is promising and I am confident in it. It is very portable – by far the most portable traffic transportation. Nowadays, more and more people are attaching importance to this new technology and are gradually get accustomed to driving it to many places. The invention and adoption of the electric unicycle will be a landmark in traffic history. I believe that reform of traffic patterns will follow before too long.
The Report from Global Times to the Founder of F-wheel, Liwei, the Wheel of Fortune
After that report,let’s spare one minute to know more about the what F-wheel,electric unicycle,electric one wheel,self balancing unicycle,one wheel scooter,self balancing scooter is.
1. Could I ride it to work?
Sure you can! After you master the F-wheel you could easily carry it with you, and as it’s so portable you can always get it into subwaysmetrosbusestrainsairplanes cars so you could drive it straight to your destination if it’s not too far or use public transportation and shorten your walks in between. In any case you could always take the charger with you in your bag if you would like to go on longer rides after the office.
2.Any thing F-wheel before I get on?
Don’t rush into trying to walk with the F-wheel and get on by yourself – leave that for the second day. On your first day just take one of your friends and hold them while you getting up. After you’re standing on the F-wheel whilst holding your friend, straighten your body and your shoulders, then lean forward with all of your body (not just with your head). Don’t lean too much, and remember to always start riding gradually. In addition, the F-wheel has an acceleration limit for your safety.
3. How do I reset the system?
If the F-wheel fall and you need to reset the system, just press the red button to shut off the system, and press it again to turn it back on again.
4. Pedal shifting while cruising?
After you master the basics on the F-wheel and you’re on your way to long rides, you should know that the skill for having a comfortable and safe ride is always controlling your speed within the F-wheel speed limits. While cruising you should always control your speed by keeping your leaning weight balanced and standing straight. After a few rides you will find it easy and feel how it improves your body’s balance and standing skills.
5. Should I turn the F-wheel off while carrying it?
Yes you should. After you get to your destination, fold the pedals and press the red button before carrying the F-wheel. That will stop the balancing system from trying to analyzing your movements.
6. How do I charge it?
The F-wheel comes with an AC charger. It will take around 3 hours to charge it to full and the LED light on the charger will turn green when it’s done.
7. Is it safe?
Similar to other light vehicles like bicycles, it depends on the driver and what safety precautions they take. After you learn the basics of riding, it becomes just like every light vehicle – drive it carefully and read the F-wheel’s instructional guide for all the detailed instructions.
So far, we have a better understanding to what F-wheel is ,