I have a mild obsession with efficient short range transport, and this is probably one of the best options I've seen so far. The weight needs some work, but it beats other options in a lot of key areas. Consider the following:Walking/Running
Pros: cheap, minimal equipment.
Cons: slow, you end up disgusting at your destination if running and/or hot. EDIT:
Wear and tear on joints (running)
(see +Nigel Bajema
Pros: reasonably priced, relatively fast.
Cons: Bicycles are bulky, they need to be locked up/secured at either end of the journey, they're a PITA to take on public transport (in TSV it's not even an option), again you end up disgusting at your destination if it's hot and/or you're putting in effort. Paraphernalia includes helmet, chain, key. Skateboarding (traditional board)
Pros: reasonably priced.
Cons: still quite slow unless you've got particularly good roads, you need to learn how to do it, disgusting at destination again.Heelys
. They're shoes with a wheel in the sole.
Pros: lightweight, if you already wear shoes not much of an extra burden. Physically portable.
Cons: pretty much unusable on all but the smoothest of surfaces. Hot/disgusting at destination again.Powerbocking
. Like kangaroo legs.
Pros: I've heard these can actually be quite fast.
Cons: time to physically attach/detach, decent ones aren't cheap, have to learn how to do it, everyone will look at you extra funny.Segway
Pros: reasonable speed.
Cons: Big and bulky, expensive, again people look at you extra weird. Laws and regulations plus helmet paraphernalia.Scooter (non motorised)
Pros: reasonably priced.
Cons: even the best scooter's aren't much faster than a skateboard. Car
Pros: lots of space to put junk. Fast. It locks. Aircon/you won't end up disgusting (except in my car).
Cons: expensive, PITA with repairs, takes up a whole load of space on the road.
So what do I like about the Onewheel
Pros: It's small enough (though still too heavy) to carry around conveniently on e.g. public transport/into an office so you don't need a lock and chain. This makes it feasible for first and last mile trips. It's electric, which means you've got less chance of being disgusting at your destination from physical exertion. It's intuitive, so easier to learn than e.g. skateboarding. A lot of places probably won't regulate it yet meaning no helmet paraphernalia. Basically it's got even less setup and teardown cost than a car (no doors to open/close), you won't end up disgusting, it's fairly portable and you can get decent speed.
What needs improvement?
Cons: it's relatively expensive (but nowhere near the cost of running a car). The weight needs work. Slightly longer range could be beneficial.
I actually think it would be really cool to have these at urban transport sharing stations rather than bicycles. They could charge at said stations and as already mentioned have better portability characteristics than a bicycle.