* German inventor, Andrea Mocellin reveals an hexagonal wheel design that can be folded into an umbrella shape
* The Revolve wheel measures 26-inches when folded, but 8-inches when collapsed
* It’s design can be incorporated into bicycles and wheel chairs, making them more portable
The general knowledge about wheels of anything used as a mode of transportation is that it is round and nothing can be done to reduce the space it occupies. Guess what? It’s now evolved into the new foldable wheel called Revolve.
According to the German designer, Andrea Mocellin who has been working on the design for 3 years, the Revolve wheel collapses like an umbrella, allowing the user to have full use of his/her space. It measures around 26 inches but can be folded into a third of its original size – 8 inches.
Years of research and hundreds of 3D models, finally led the German inventor to a hexagonal structure that relies on the use airless tyres and an aluminium frame, and it can be locked and unlocked with a magnetic key.
The new wheel design can be incorporated into bicycles, wheelchairs and trolleys, making them easier to transport in trains, cars and airplanes. Some folding bicycles have small wheels that are usually complicated and ugly when folded but Revolve has a nice form factor like an audiophile speaker or a sculpture.
Clearly, there are different ways in which a folding wheel can be used, folding bicycles and folding wheelchair are just two of many different possibilities. Now that wheels can be folded, people will no doubt find uses for them.
[Featured photo: Revolve-Wheel]