Two teenagers from Ontario have built an electric vehicle modeled after a motorcycle, but with one major difference: there's no hand steering controls. Instead, the rider leans in the direction of desired motion, like a Segway, but with the coolness of a sports bike.
High schoolers Ben Gulak and Jason Morrow, both 18, displayed their vehicle at a recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque. Besides being cool, the bike is also green. It produces zero emissions, and the inventors hope it will be used in cities due to its compact size.
Another advantage of the bike, dubbed the Tango, is that it's easy to ride. The vehicle has two wheels, located side by side, with a seat located above the wheels. The rider leans forward to move ahead, and to the right or left to turn the desired direction. With its R6 Yamaha sports bike frame and high speed of 40 mph, the feel is very similar to a motorcycle.
The bike uses the same technology used in Segways--and also Nintendo Wii remotes--to sense the rider's motion. Accelerometers, devices that measure acceleration, are used to detect the rider's location and control the wheels. When turning, one wheel lifts up and the entire bike tilts to the side.
The young inventors are currently trying to get interested investors to market and produce their bike, hoping that their product will be a benefit to society for transportation and fun.