Was the Segway ahead of its time, or just an overhyped product that could have never lived up to the anticipation? Being pricier than a used car didn't help the original Segway's chances, but at least now, electrical engineer Olaf Winkler has solved that problem with a ball-based self-balancing scooter that features a thousand dollar price tag.
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Commuting is bullshit. Trains are bad and buses are worse, and riding a bike is Actual Hard Work. That's why electric bikes are convenient — all the usefulness of a bicycle, with electric power to get you up hills. But that's cold comfort if you don't have anywhere to store your bike when you're in the office. Enter the URB-E, a compact electric scooter that folds up out of the way to hide under a desk, but that can also zip around the city without requiring any human effort.
A Segway you can carry in a laptop bag? That's what Cocoa Motors promised when it revealed the WalkCar, an ultra-compact personal transport, last year. And finally, after a year of perfecting its design, the WalkCar will be available for pre-order starting on October 21.
The average GPS satnav is a boring rectangular affair that will stick out like a sore thumb if you tried to mount one to a scooter. But just because you drive a curvaceous classic Vespa doesn't mean you won't ever get lost, so TomTom has created an adorable circular satnav designed to complement your scooter.
After suing several hoverboard makers over patent violations last year, Segway, which is now owned by Chinese company Ninebot, revealed its own self-balancing scooter in January at CES. The hope, of course, is that the brand name (and accompanying expertise) means the new personal transporter won't explode while you're riding it. Five months later, the Segway MiniPro is finally available for pre-order for $US1000 ($1378).
Exploding hoverboards have gone from being an occasional mishap to a fairly regular occurrence. And since it seems like the manufacturers are in no rush to fix the problem, the Underwriters Laboratories is finally going to start certifying the self-balancing scooters so consumers can know which are safe, and which are fiery death traps.
Admit it, when you see a bunch of kids wearing Heelys roll past you at the mall, deep down you wish there was a version for adults, right? With Razor's new strap-on Jetts, there finally is. And they work with any pair of shoes, and any grownup weighing less than 80kg.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested at LAX this week. What was he arrested for? If we're to believe almost every headline, Wiz's crime was joyriding a hoverboard at the airport. Are we finally living in the future Back To The Future II promised us?
The first thing you need to know about Taipei is that it's hot. Well, more humid, really. The second thing you need to know is that if you don't have a scooter, you're a nobody. That's why all the hype in Taipei right now is around a scooter company called Gogoro and its first pilot store in the city centre: it's cool as ice, and riding around on one is like putting a Tesla between your legs.
R Willy, the crazy scooter-er in this stunt, looks like he's flipping an infinite amount of times but it's actually just a triple backflip. Oh and it just so happens to be the first triple backflip on a scooter ever. I've watched the clip multiple times over and have gasped every time it seems like he's just about to miss but actually ends up sticking the landing.
By now we've probably all seen the occasional passenger zipping through an airport on one of those convertible carry-on suitcases that transforms into a scooter. But propelling a scooter while you've got a boarding pass in one hand and a slice of pizza in the other is a tricky balancing act, so finally someone has upgraded the suitcase scooter with an electric motor so it's now self-propelled.
Video: Last month, we saw how a farmer invented a way to turn old suitcases into motorcycles. Many questions arose from the pictures: Why a suitcase? Can you still use it as a suitcase? What's the price? This new video answers them all.
This gorgeous custom motorbike began its life as an utterly mundane Honda P25, a fuel-efficient 1960s scooter. But motorcycle artisan Chicara Nagata turned it into a sweeping sculpture with a social-commentary twist: the tiny bike carries four infrared security cameras in its frame, built at the behest of a Japanese security company.
Never been much into scooters, though I blame a close encounter with the pavement on my very first attempt to ride a skateboard for that. No matter, us "feet-walkers" can still appreciate good industrial design. Take IlIum Corporation's "E'lution" scooters, which it's trying to push into full production via a Kickstarter campaign.