What? It’s a Segway. It’s a motorbike. It’s an “Uno”. And here’s where the difficulty lies for us here at FHM: is this battery-powered extra from Blade Runner actually cool? Segways – uncool. Motorbikes – very very cool. The “Uno”? Hard to say. Completely lacking any conventional controls, the “bike” relies on the slightest nuances of movement from the rider: you tip left, it leans left, and so on. A sleek superbike shell appears to be a desperate attempt to make up for the fact that you are, in reality, straddling a spinning wheel.
Why? Creator Ben Gulak (19) envisaged his invention as a means to cut down on inner-city pollution, harnessing gyroscopic technology and large slabs of plastic. At its max speed of 15mph it doesn’t exactly leave the Segway (12.5mph) eating its dust – then again, it does look a lot better than the robotised moving broomstick. But so does a dead dog.
When? Still hunting around for investors, it’s not going to be in stores for a while yet. It’s getting plenty of media attention in the meantime, appearing on Jay Leno in a few months.