Airwheel Electric Unicycle Review - Bemmu.com News - Part II
BeepsAnd how is the software? Well, you don't interact with it except through riding, looking at four indicator lights (they show the battery level) and listening to beeps. It makes three types of beeps at you. There is the turning on single beep. The one you will be hearing a lot at first is the "you fell down and you should feel bad" -extended beep.
Slopes and turnsSo after two days of practice, I was able to stay on it as long as I want as long as I was going on a mostly straight path. From there I graduated to practicing slopes and turns. It feels bizarre to go up and down slopes, as with a bicycle you are used to your body tilting forwards or backwards. But since this balances you automatically, it doesn't happen and you stay straight up even with slopes. There is some ground clearance, but in very sharp bumps I fear the plastic in the back might hit the ground (never happened).
Ordering oneAfter coming home I was still feeling curious about them, so I decided to just order one to try it out. I figured the basic principle would be the same and I just wanted to get one that would be sub $1000 and would have no problems being shipped to Japan so I could start riding it as soon as possible.
In conclusionFor very short distances it is comparable to a bicycle. For a bit longer ones the beeps, limited range and speed limit make it inferior. Still, you can have hours of fun learning how to ride this. Seeing yourself progress from "this is impossible" to riding it around casually feels great.