Unless you work at a train station or a bus stop, public transport can only get you most of the way to work. The remaining distance you have to cover by foot, or just hold off on actually getting a job until the Movpak — an electric-powered skateboard that folds up into a backpack — is available.
With the built-in battery and electric motor, the Movpak weighs in at around 8kg, but there’s enough room left over in the backpack too to add a change of clothes or a laptop. If you don’t feel like carrying it, a pop-up handle allows it to be dragged around on its wheels like carry-on luggage.
On a full charge, you can expect to ride for about 15km at a top speed of around 24km/h, and it can be recharged in about two hours, so it will be ready to go for your commute home at the end of the day.
You can’t buy one just yet, but the Movpak’s creators will be launching it with an upcoming Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. A pre-order unit — assuming the fundraising initiative is successful and there are no production issues — will cost you $US1190, but that price tag will presumably be even higher for those who decide to wait it out. In the meantime, you can just use a regular skateboard like a loser. [Movpak via Gizmag]