RYNO Motors announced today that the company would start to accept customer deposits for the RYNO, a one-wheeled electric microcycle. Customers can guarantee that they receive a RYNO with a fully refundable $150 deposit. The company expects to begin production in 2014.
The self-balancing electric RYNO is designed for city errands, commuting to work and for personal transportation within large campuses and industrial facilities where people need to move quickly and efficiently over short to medium distances. The RYNO is small enough to be brought into offices and elevators, and it mingles well with pedestrians.
“The RYNO is a fun, efficient and convenient way to get from place to place,” said Chris Hoffmann, CEO and founder of RYNO Motors. “It’s half the bike and twice the fun.”
To operate a RYNO, the rider must balance the RYNO from side to side in the same way as any other bicycle, but the forward and back balance is managed by the electronics on the vehicle. As a self-balancing form of transportation, the RYNO moves forward when a rider leans forward, and stops when a rider leans back. It generally takes a new rider about one hour to begin to get comfortable riding the RYNO, and a few days to achieve intuitive and natural control.
With a top speed of 10 miles per hour, the RYNO is suited for use in bike lanes and on sidewalks. It produces zero emissions, is easily charged in a normal AC outlet and costs under a penny a mile to ride. According to the company, initial pricing is expected to be $5,295 per cycle.
The RYNO has garnered a lot of attention among consumers and media since the company began designing the product. You can learn more about the RYNO by watching the product video below and and a TEDx presentation by Chris Hoffmann.