Gyrowheel's proof-of-concept prototype was developed at Dartmouth College by four undergrad engineering students while Gyrobike's now CEO, Daniella Reichstetter, was at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business.
The initial idea was sparked by the desire to create a tool for learning to ride a unicycle. The students quickly realized however that there was a much more needed application - a way to make learning to ride a bicycle safer, easier and in the process more fun.
After being founded in 2007, Gyrobike's CEO spent two years in product development with a team of professional engineers making prototypes and doing exhaustive testing. Gyrowheel was designed with a disk that spins independently inside the wheel. The challenge was not only to develop a front bike wheel with a disk that could do this, but also to find a way to get the disk to spin fast enough to create enough force (gyroscopic precession) that would help stabilize the bike at a low speed so that a rider could benefit from the stabilizing effect.
The next step was to make sure Gyrowheel was the best, safest product that could be made. The team went through multiple design versions and wanted to ensure that the technology would work the way they had planned, that it was kid- and user-friendly and that Gyrowheel could effectively replace the front wheel of standard kids' bikes. They fully enclosed the disk to keep small fingers safe. They enclosed rechargeable batteries and motorized the disk. Ultimately, the team created a "cool" design that allows kids (and adults) to see the "magic" disk in action.
Gyrowheel also underwent extensive meticulous testing, including compliance, safety and environmental, to ensure that it was a product that parents can trust.