– [Announcer] This Great Big Story
was made possible by Shell.
Make the future.
– [Narrator] The wheel.
A perfect functioninvented in the Stone Age.
To this day, the wheelprovides the same function
as it did those thousands of years ago,
but one man is flippingeverything we knew about the wheel
on its head.
– My name is Michael Burtov.
I’m not an engineer, butI did what most engineers
wish they could.
When I was a little kid
I liked to take things apart
and see what they’re made out of.
I tried to make something new out of them.
And I still like doing it to this day.
In 2012, I was running an HR company,
and I turned on the movie,”Tron.”
I was drinking a coffee,
and I thought, “ Those are very cool motorcycles in the movies.”
They’re called light cycles, and they have these hollow wheels,
and I remember thinking, well, I’m
not an engineer but couldn’t we do something useful
with that empty space?
I imagined you couldput things in the wheel
that lived outside of itwith an electric wheel.
For example, the motor and the battery.
A wheel that powers itself isa much more universal wheel
than a wheel that needssomething else to power it.
Make it super compact, super efficient,
and that’s really what inspired me.
Pretty much everyonesaid it was impossible.
They said that if it could be done,
it would have been donealready by a real engineer.
So I ignored them, and I quit my job and then I met Dakota Decker,
who ended up leaving SpaceX
to build the wheel together with me.
Dakota and I spent about two years
before we came to the version that we put out for retail.
It’s a much more compact design.
Takes up the same space as a regular wheel
but has got everything init, the entire power train,
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the battery, the motor, the computer.
This wheel is extremelyenvironmentally friendly.
It’s electric powered, andit’s a very efficient use.
We have made thousands of bicycles into affordable,
electric vehicles all over the world.
We see that we can contribute to the future
of transportation with the GeoOrbital wheel.
We see vehicles thatnobody has ever made before
being able to be made now.
Imagine a car, imagine the possibilities
when you take all the guts out of a car
’cause you just don’t need them anymore.
The opportunity’s really are endless.