The Hoverboard is a futuristic personal urban mobility
gadget so out of this world, that it will make you weak in your knees
Move aside electric scooters, unicycles and
bicycles because the
Hoverboard is here. Think electric, skateboard, unicycle, surfing,
LED lights and a maximum speed of 25.7km/h (16/mph) all-in-one. Although it
isn’t truly a hoverboard like those in Sci-Fi films, you have got to give it credit
that it does come extremely close to looking like one.
The Hoverboard is made to both look cool
and provide a safe ride to your destination. It uses Gyro-stabilization
technology to sense your movements, which will help you navigate your board.
The Hoverboard has a maximum range of 16.1km/h (10 mph), top speed of 25.8km/h
(16 mph), weighs 11.3kg (25lbs) and its base frame is made of magnesium for
extra durability. What is really interesting is that a single full charge only
takes 16 minutes, that’s 1.6km worth of battery per minute charged.
The main controls for the Hoverboard are
controlled by its handy dandy companion mobile application. In short, the
application acts as your ‘car keys’, control panel and distance counter. It will
allow you to activate your Hoverboard, check its battery life, even set speed
limits, gives you insights to your riding history, anti-theft protection,
tailor the colour of your LED lights to your fancy and play your favourite
music via Bluetooth while on-the-go.
It doesn’t only look cool now, but it will
remain looking cool for as long as you want it to. The Hoverboard is modular
designed, meanings that you can upgrade your Hoverboard as and when you want
since it can be broken down part by part and easily replaced. Making this truly
future-proof and in the same way, chances of wasting time at a repair centre is
almost close to zero.
The Hoverboard keeps ‘hovering in mid-air’
thanks to the special in-built ground-sensing sonar. Similar to an underwater
sonar, it sends sonar pings to the ground in order to measure the distance
between each end of the board to the ground under it.
Don’t expect this futuristic skateboard to
come anything near cheap. The Hoverboard has just started their
Kickstarter campaign with prices
starting at US$3775 (including worldwide shipping) and estimated delivery date
is set at July 2016.
Overall, there really isn’t much to dislike
about the Hoverboard. Think about it, it is a HOVERBOARD that requires minimal
professional balancing acts and it helps enhance personal mobility without
breaking a sweat in the process – making the Hoverboard an actual contender in
the realm of personal mobility solutions. Don’t you agree?
By Geralyne Kaye / October 7, 2015 13:45PM
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