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Will This Electric Unicycle Catch On In The States? Highland Park Company Hopes So

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Tim Goebel of Commute Connect poses with an electric unicycle at the Highland Park, Ill. Metra station. Goebel took a spin in the cycle in downtown Chicago this week.
Tim Goebel of Commute Connect poses with an electric unicycle at the Highland Park, Ill. Metra station. Goebel took a spin in the cycle in downtown Chicago this week.

Think Segways are annoying? You'll probably really hate this:

A Highland, Park, Ill. company think they've got a hit on their hands with a new product they're selling: a self-balancing electric unicycle.

According to the Facebook page of Commute Connect, the new unicycles could fill a void for commuters getting to and from work in Chicago and elsewhere.

During commuter times, you can't take bicycles on the trains, whereas our unique unicycle design allows for portability. … Put it in a bag and take our SBU-V3 on the train with you, and even store it at your desk. With a rechargeable battery, our electric transport always gets you where you need to go!

Per a Tuesday feature in the Chicago Tribute, Commute Connect founders Tim Goebel and Pamella Leiter said devices like their unicycle are already catching on in Europe and Asia and there's no reason they can't gain a similar following in the U.S.

The Focus Designs-created cycle was also featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" on Wednesday.

The cycle travels up to 12.5 mph, costs $1,795 and similar models weigh about 27 pounds. If all goes according to Goebel and Leiter's plans, you'll soon be able to get your hands on one via a sales kiosk in the Ogilvie Transportation Center, according to the Tribune.

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