What do you think the third gen OneWheel will be like?
I've been considering buying the OneWheel Plus, although I already have the original... is it worth making the upgrade now ?
New versions will always have some problems that only show when used IRL.
So many +'s were send back with a variety of issues that are/will be solved in the next batches. That is why I suggest not to wait for a V3 if you are looking for a new toy now...
I agree that patience will serve you best by letting others experience the new product release bugs. But since there is no V3 all we can do is speculate on what it might be like.
My guess is that it will have an audio capability to warn us of impending Nose Dives. I also suspect it may have a field-replaceable battery pack. It may also have more dynamic shaping capabilities (like switching modes on the fly). Who knows what's cooking in R&D at FM.
If the V3 comes out tomorrow, I'll buy it tomorrow.
My V1 paid for itself tenfold. I considered waiting on the + but couldn't resist.
Boy was I glad I got it.
Heck, you go on vacation for 10 days, shed $3K and often can't wait to come back home and back to the grind.
My guess, the V3 will output somewhere around 62V for more torque and speed. Would be great to be able to climb rough terrains/grassy hills.
If and when a V3 comes out I'll likely get one. My son can use the OW+ and we'll carve the streets together.
My wish list for V3:
Audible feedback on actual battery level and projected distance left (based on current ride average usage) - this could likely be done now with software update on OW and update to App.
App that can link with Facebook and other social media (this could be implemented now with a few simple App updates)
LED lights that can change colors
A fender that is made from material that flexes rather than the current brittle crap they use now.
Extended range - At first I didn't think the 6-8 mile range would be a big deal; now I wish it could go 10+
There are a lot of good ideas posted out there on the wish list site. I hope that FM is reading them and is working to implement them in their next gen design.
Making the battery swappable would be the best upgrade possible for sure. Not sure why they haven't done this yet. Selling extra batteries seems like an easy profit maker for FM.
I Totally agree with Jefflynn > Making the battery swappable would be the best upgrade possible for sure. Not sure why they haven't done this yet. Selling extra batteries seems like an easy profit maker for FM.
All I want is more power...V2 is no slouch but can struggle on some hills. I live in SF so we got a lot of them
@vspot415 Agree, more power, but hardwired speed limits. To go uphill easier and be able to balance heavy riders at 20 mph :)
@vitaly hardwiring speed limit is already done on the OW and the OW+ it's called pushback!
It's a gyroscopic device, so you can't do that like you would do on a skateboard because you must use the motor to stabilize and balance the rider.
If you just decide to stop the balancing at 30km/h then nosedive will happen.
@jefflynn Replaceable batteries would have less capacity because you have to use some space for the interface, which also has to be waterproof. A permanent battery is able to utilize the most space for battery cells at the lowest cost. That said, I would rather have a lower capacity battery and the ability to easily carry a few spares, as this would be a greater total range.
With the batteries all on one side they've ran out of space. On the front of the board there looks to be some space, I wonder if they could add cells there on V3 for increased range.
@njacobs There was also some chatter on external battery concepts. Suggestions like adding batteries to the fender area and external packs that you can wire into the pack (like the fictitious solar sombrero) can't work because the present OW does not allow charging to occur while the board is running. If they defined some sort of mode in the jack where supplementary power can be connected in parallel with the internal battery, then a backpack battery, fender battery, side-rail pack, whatever, would all be possible.
I really like the battery in a backpack idea. The cord would need to be built tough and connector be easily disconnected for if/when you come off the board.