The Jyrobike is a two-wheeler equipped with a gyroscope so it can do the balancing for you.
Put that way, it sounds a little like the Segway, a 2-wheeled platform introduced back in 2001, with 2 tilt and 5 gyroscopic sensors to keep you upright, .
The Jyrobike helps keeping you upright, but apart from the smart front wheel, it’s a regular bike that has no further resemblance to the Segway. At all.
You can already buy (or preorder) the wheel or a full bike for your kid. So as to avoid bumps and bruises while learning how to ride a bike.
It will also be available for adult bikes.
Would I buy a Jyrobike?
Probably not for my grandkids (which I don’t have yet). Why? I think failing is a requirement for learning. And proficiency is the result of deliberate practice. So I’m not quite sure if you really can learn how to ride a bike without getting some bumps or bruises in the process. (Even though you can gradually decrease the auto-balancing effect).
Would I buy a Jyrobike for my 81-year-old mother or 83-year-old father who have become more and more afraid of getting on their bike because their sense of balance has gotten worse over the years? Definitely. Immediately. That is, if I can get them to trust technology. The Jyrobike might well improve the quality of their lives for –hopefully– years to come.
I might be wrong about the kids’ version. So, make no mistake: the Jyrobike definitely is a brilliant idea.