Chinese Pensioner Invents Electric Unicycle
Posted on March 4, 2011
A retired factory worker named Li Yunian, who hails from northern China’s Shanxi province, has invented an electric unicycle.
The 66 year-old inventor has won a patent for his clever creation, which he claims can travel at speeds up to 12 miles per hour and up to 40 miles on a single charge.
He calls his special bike,“Cool Friend” and it him two months to design it.
Basically, one major wheel does all the work while three smaller ones act as stabilzers and aid in controlling direction.
“It is mainly made out of old bikes. It cost me less than £100 (about US $162) in total – including the three batteries,” said Li.
It is Li’s dream to find a manufacturer who will produce his unicycle commercially.
Until that special day arrives, Li has invited his neighbors to enjoy riding Cool Friend and offer suggestions as to how he can improve the design.
Although curiosity may have killed that proverbial cat, in this particular case it has become the impetus for creative endeavor.
Good luck, Li!