A very small self-balancing personal electric vehicle from the creators of the Solowheel and Hovertrax – the original hoverboard.
- Range : up to 8 miles (12.8 km)
- Speed : capable of 10 mph (16 kph)
- Incline : 15 degrees
- Weight : approx. 8 pounds (3.6 kg)
- Width : 7” (17.8 cm)
- Weight limit : 250 lbs (113.4 kg)
- Inflatable 8” (20 cm) wheel
- 1000W motor
- 100Wh lithium ion battery
- Charge time : approx. 40 minutes
- Front and rear lights
Who thought that one day you could buy a motorized vehicle that was just slightly larger than a hamburger. Aptly named, the Solowheel Iota is officially the smallest hover-board money can buy.
The Iota comes from Inventist, the company that put hover-boards on the map. The Hover-board craze of 2015-16 can be directly attributed to the launch of the original Hovertrax by Inventist. However, the Hovertrax wasn’t really portable as much as it was compact and convenient. The Iota changes that with a design that’s less than 1/3rd the size of the Hovertrax. With a design that you can literally fit two of in a backpack, and a handle in case you want to flaunt it like a boombox, the Iota only downsizes without the compromises. The Iota can go on for 8 hours non-stop. The Iota is backed by Inventist’s self-balancing technology, which is still the best in the industry. It comes with smart rider detection, Bluetooth capabilities (with smartphone and watch apps), and a one-of-a-kind suspension system. All of this with Inventist’s unwavering dedication to quality, performance and safety (unlike most illegal knock-offs, not a single of Inventist’s Hovertrax was recalled during the CSPC hoverboard recall in 2016).
With its 8 hour run-time, the Iota is perfect for last-mile commuting or running quick errands. It’s also the perfect choice for some killer Quidditch cosplay! Just hop onto the Iota and put a broomstick between your legs. The Iota’s so small, it’ll look like you’re an actual legit wizard!
Risks and challenges
After producing three previous products in the Solowheel line as well as the Hovertrax, we’re very experienced in developing and manufacturing products in this field. However, the Iota includes several new features compared to our previous products, as well as the obvious mechanical differences, so it’s always possible that testing could reveal unexpected adjustments that we’ll need to make. If challenges arise, they’ll most likely be in ergonomics and mechanical details.
Real Life Applications
The Iota is perfect for “last mile” commuting, hanging out around town, running quick errands or just having fun.
Hoverboards and Segways are not good for transportation because of their wide footprint. You need to be constantly watching the path of the wheels on both sides of your feet. The wheel on the right may hit a bump you just don’t see, and then you may get precariously close to the edge of the curb on your left. If you hit something, you can make the vehicle spin, which could throw you off balance. The Iota eliminates these hazards. Because the wheels are between your feet, you only need to scan the road directly in front of you, making it genuinely useful and practical.
The Birth of a Design
Shane Chen and Inventist have been involved with and working on self-balancing personal transportation technology for a while now. For those who haven’t experienced the feeling, it’s hard to communicate. It’s a gliding, flying, free sort of feeling that enables you to move effortlessly and gracefully through the landscape. The Solowheel has the most powerful motor of these inventions, but isn’t practical for inside use, and is difficult to learn.
When we introduced the Hovertrax, we realized that there is a place for smaller, elegant devices which are more for play and less for transportation, but the concept caught on so thoroughly that we began to experiment with different ways of using two wheels that might be more versatile than the Hovertrax.