The future is strange; we have all the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, cars drive themselves, apparently Google’s chat AI is sentient, and personal mobility is in a Precambrian explosion of innovation. All of which is fueled by advances in complementary technologies like batteries, electric motors, gyroscopes, GPS, apps, and the relentless drive to make things smaller and more powerful.
The Santa Cruz-based startup, Onewheel, is riding this technology wave like a SoCal surfer. And they’re not just taking existing, recognizable forms of transportation and electrifying them. There’s no slapping a hub motor on bicycles. That’s been done. Or attaching an oversized laptop battery to a skateboard. That’s too easy. Instead, Onewheel has created something vaguely familiar, yet entirely new. And people can’t help but stare when you whiz past them at 20 MPH like an alien on your way to do … I don’t know — alien things.