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Orbis: The Portable Segway

A quick glance at action renderings of the Orbis personal transport concept would make anyone think someone’s out to rip off the Segway. But looking at angles reveals a few differences. The control stem folds around the single, self-balancing wheel, unlike the two-wheel and rigid column that characterizes the Segway. A built-in gyroscope supposedly keeps the whole vehicle balanced.

Designer Christopher Suoto claims that his idea will weigh 27 pounds total, use a lithium-ion battery that can provide 20 kilometers on a single charge, and cruise at a top speed of 25 kph (or 15.5 miles per hour). Those sound like optimistic estimates, but let’s see first if Suoto can bring his concept to the market.

Potential investors lining up to make the Orbis a reality (if there are any) should also read up on the history of Segway. At least $1 million was invested into that personal transportation project, with one investor confident that it would quickly generate $1 billion in sales. However, only 30,000 units were sold between 2001 and 2007.

Perhaps the portability of the Orbis will prove to be a hit, and attract the customers who rejected the Segway. But as with all design concepts, let’s wait for a retail debut.

Rollin Singularity

  • viometrix
    Id Buy that for a Dollar
  • Clintonio
    Someone will probably one day make a personal transport vehicle like this that everyone uses.. perhaps they'll call it the 'bicycle'. Oh shi-

    (Bicycle + Battery - Wheel = This)
  • theuerkorn
    I would be interested how this "transformer" gets light weight, battery life and stability out of this design. If successful, it sure looks like Segway 2.0. Nevertheless, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a light weight gyroscope that can balance a human being.
  • Pei-chen
    So instead of riding on a thing and don't have to walk, I'll have to carry this thing around with me? Why don't I just walk?
  • marcus_br
    Well, a Segwat costs 4500 USD. 30k x 4.5k = 135.000.000, much more than invested...
  • digiex
    I still want a bicycle. The most efficient machine ever invented.
  • nforce4max
  • dribblesbarbax
    What the f**k is wrong with walking? Id but a nice pair of shoes instead.
  • Onus
    I'll take my balance issues.
  • Cy-Kill
    Does anything shown on Yanko Design ever come to fruition..?!