Getting to and from the train is not an enjoyable experience. Train stops are not always conveniently located, scooters are not a practical transporter as it is hard to fit a scooter in your bag, and bikes are not allowed on trains forcing riders to to risk having their bike be stolen. So, we set out to create an “enhancement” to the T riding experience that was fast, compactible, and lighter than the existing ways of getting to and from the train. From the beginning, we intended to create a device to enhance the T, what we believe is an already existing and functioning mode of transportation. We had no intentions of creating a device to replace the T riding experience. With this in mind, we set out to design the Transit-Wheel (formerly reffered to as MonoBird).
In this studio, we aimed to continue the development of the Transit-Wheel. We looked to add electronics, work out some design kinks, and make it a more desirable product. Indeed, we used this studio as a way to enhance the Transit Wheel’s functionality.
The Transit-Wheel is a small, light, compactable transportation device designed to enhance the T experience. The single wheel in the center allows it to be light and small. The folding wings make the Transit-Wheel compactable and easy to carry. The T is a great way of transportation that works well and efficiently, and we’re not trying to replace that. We’re trying to make it better, faster, and more enjoyable. The Transit-Wheel has hands-free segway technology. The wings are foldable creating a backpack sized travel mode. The Transit-Wheel originated as a transportation device for college students or young adults. It gradually transformed into a device for everyone and anyone. The Transit-Wheel has developed immensely over the course of the second studio. While improvements are crucial in that the wheel needs to be re printed out of a stronger material, the gear needs a few adjustments, and we need to make it more street safe, the future is clearly bright.