Electric Vehicle A Funky Two Wheel Thing

Innovator, world traveler, and electrical engineer Marcelo Fornaso has created a two-directional, single seat device called The Tilto that acts like a unicycle, but is actually a pivoting two wheel design.

Fornaso says he came up with the idea while in Ethiopia, but modeled the electric vehicle after the Segway, which he rode in Paris. According to the hackaday blog, The Tilto is specifically designed to handle banked curves, allowing the rider to shift their body like on a bicycle without handlebars.

image via Marcel Fornaso

The prototype seems to be a combination of the somewhat odd YikeBike and the electric unicycle we recently covered. However, there doesn’t seem to be any rush to sell the device in the public market. For now, The Tilto remains an interesting project for an engineer who enjoys a challenge.

There are several videos of the how the vehicle came together, specifically the electrical components and stabilizing software, on Fornaso’s blog. From the video, below, it doesn’t look the like The Tilto can travel very fast, but Fornaso is quick to point out that the prototype needs much work. We wish him the best.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

    • Clint Box

      It looks less useful than a Segway, which is au00a0pretty cool invention.

    • Clint Box

      It looks less useful than a Segway, which is au00a0pretty cool invention.

    • how would that work with someone u00a0with a low balance problem?nlooks really cool. like the big wheels for going over bumps easier.