A New Type of Tricycle: Spherovelo
Such a strange name, Spherovelo. I mean, its odd for an adult to pronounce it yet alone a little kid. It looks like some kind of thing from the pop-art world or an eccentric artist in a gallery. You could hear the questions, "what is it"?, then the answer, "It's art, man".
Unlike the standard tricycle that everyone has bought or had, this has two main balls, like a bike, and smaller supporting training wheels. After all, we are talking of a 1-2 yr.old. Seems kind of early to me. This trike is foot powered, not pedal powered and is only 17 inches long. The front ball only goes forward or reverse, while the rear ball can move in any direction. This rear wheel allows the toddler to steer with his body since the front wheel cannot be steered at all.
Granted, maybe a 1 yr. old will freak out when placed on top because it scares them, but maybe others will have their curiosity aroused and pet it, thinking it is an animal. It does look friendly.
The design is unique, allowing kids to make the connection between their senses (vision, pressure, equilibrium) and their motor system early on. It also simulates a bicycle with less problems about balance. The trike has polyurethane covered spheres (skate board wheel material) and a skin that easily wipes off messes.
It is an interesting idea, for sure, but for $99.00, there are things far cheaper. Kids will outgrow this rapidly and yearn for a real bike or a standard tricycle. Will the lessons of balance be worth the price?