An Israeli farmer, Gilad Wolf, has invented a new type of wheel, which can be successfully used in bicycles or wheelchairs due to the unusual structure of the hub. The device is called SoftWheel, and it provides amortization needed for a comfortable travel over rough terrain. Its distinctive feature is the three movable spokes, which not only soften bumps and jolts while driving, but also direct their energy to move forward. The SoftWheel’s creator is sure that it may potentially be used on trains and planes.
The price for a pair of such devices is $2,000, which is about $400 more expensive than a pair of high-standard analogues.