07 May 2008
A young inventor has created a motorbike with a twist - it uses twowheels but they are positioned right next to each other, giving itthe illusion of being a powered unicycle. And even better, it mighthelp save the planet.Ben Gulak has spent several years building the electric Uno that uses gyroscopic technology - like the infamous Segway commuter device - to stay upright.The bizarre-looking contraption has only one switch - on or off - and is controlled entirely by body movement.The rider leans forwards to accelerate to speeds of 25mph and backto slow down. It has two wheels side-by-side and has been turningheads wherever it has been ridden. The green machine is so small and light it can be taken indoors and carried into lifts - and is recharged by being plugged into the mains.The wheels are completely independent, allowing the bike to turnon a sixpence and the technology takes the balance and guesswork out of riding a unicycle.Its 18-year-old creator is now looking for investors to get theUno into production and onto the streets.