A Danish design company is working on a new personal transportation device that combines the high-intensity workout offered by a step machine with the zip of a bicycle. It's called the Me-Mover, and it should be available next year.
The Me-Mover joins the ranks of other devices such as the ElliptiGo 3C and the StairCycle, both of which also utilize a stepping motion for forward momemtum. Its designers looked to skiing and running to come up with a low-impact cardio exercise that they claim beats traditional cycling by 40 percent, in terms of intensity. This is reportedly due to the fact that the stepping motion works the legs, gluteal muscles and hip flexors. Additionally, the carving motion emulates downhill skiing, providing core muscle strengthening as well as balance improvement.
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Besides moving through traffic and pedestrians, Me-Mover can be folded so the user can easily carry it on a bus, train or even in the car. The designers say it takes a couple of seconds to fold and roll it, so it can be carried around like a trolley.
The aluminum-framed Me-Mover weighs 20 kg (44 pounds), and measures 95 cm (37.4 in) in height, 115 cm (45.2 in) in length and 43 cm (16.9 in) in width. The wheels have a diameter of 30.5 cm (12 in). The designers have developed their own transmission system with variable gearing, with a patent currently pending.
The company will be showing the Me-Mover at Eurobike, which takes place between August 28-31 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Visitors will be able to test it both outdoors and indoors. The trike is scheduled for a 2014 release with a price tag of €1,200 (US$1,606).
The video below shows the Me-Mover in action, in bike-friendly Denmark.