Dyson, the makers of quality vacuum cleaners that have spanned (and lasted) over a few generations now, have revolutionized the household electronics segment and a few years ago when their engineers perfected the bladeless fan AKA Air Multiplier technology, it created a mini storm, pun intended, in the every industry that used blade fans in its products. However, we, even with all the years of having witnessed the most outrageous design ideas, concept and prototypes, could never have imagined an application as far-fetched as industrial designer Imran Othman’s unibike concept that uses the bladeless fan technology to propel the single-wheeler.
Though like most people who have fallen on our bums trying to ride unicycles as kids, we at DesignBuzz too are not too crazy about one-wheeled motorbikes since they essentially take away all the machismo that traditional choppers inspire (plus we also saw the little folks working at circuses use single-wheeled bikes in their routines so we aren’t really conditions to take unibikes very seriously either!). Having said that, we have absolutely no shame in shunning our prejudices when a truly mind-boggling concept comes along, and this, ladies and gents, is one such example of a very highly-tuned imagination at work.
The Unibike basically incorporates Dyson’s Air Multiplier technology into its design and uses it to create propulsion and somehow aide the aerodynamics of the bike as well. For the uninitiated, Air Multiplier technology is Dyson’s proprietary innovation that allows fans to go bladeless by forcing air to be sucked in and blown out of a ring via a patented and fiercely guarded forced-air tech. this eliminates the shabby and noisy chopping of the air created by fan blades and creates a move even flow of air.
The uneven one-wheeled motorcycle incorporates the vacuum cleaner brand’s innovation to create balance and speed during its usage though the technological nuances of how that would be made possible are kept under the wraps by the Singaporean industrial designer.
Creating propulsion via an electric motor, the futuristic motorcycle concept sucks in air via two oversized rings fitted at either end of the bike’s frame and “multiplies” it to create propulsion and balance on the road. The aerodynamics of the bike are given a further boost by the sleek and sharp design of the bike’s frame itself that requires the rider to rest their torso over the fuel tank and stretch over the bike to get to the handlebar. Though we can see how that would prevent the rider from causing an obstruction in the bike’s aerodynamics, we’re still not sure how having you head up in that angle for even short distance rides wont give you a serious sprain in your neck and lower back, and how braking at higher speeds, with THAT body posture and THAT frame won’t tip the bike over at the front.
Anywho, shabby as the bike’s ergonomics may be and flawed as the riding position envisioned on the bike may be, the designer does indeed make a very good point in terms of alternative propulsion technology by his incorporation of Air Multiplier tech into the design and we’re sure someone with better resources would surely try and build such a bike soon.