Over the last few months, the Hoverboard has been one of the hottest trends, and its popularity is rapidly rising. EBay, for example, said last week that during Thanksgiving, it had sold at a rate of two per minute in the United States, adding that it was one of the most prominent products in this shopping season.
Still, it is surprising to discover that many people do not even know what it is. In fact, no one knows exactly what to call this bizarre biplane gadget. The official name, ostensibly, is “an electric scooter with a self-balancing mechanism.” Some call it an electric skateboard, but at the moment the name he caught is “Hooverboard” (flying skateboard). But this name has nothing to do with reality: Unlike the realboard, from the film “Back to the Future 2,” this is a two-wheeled vehicle, and it’s really not flying.
The successor of the Segway
In practice, this is the new incarnation of the Segway, the personal vehicle that failed commercially. In most Huberburds the idea is the same: two plates, one for each leg, attached to a wheelchair. Unlike the Segway, there is no bayonet or handles, and the rider simply stands on it without clinging to anything. Like Segway, the huberboard is also based on electric propulsion and motion sensors, which maintain the balance and balance of the person on the boardboard. Movement – forward, backward and sideways – is done in accordance with body movements. Like Segway. All you need to do is lean lightly and tilt your body in the direction you want to go, the wheels will turn and the board will start to travel accordingly. No pedals or steering wheel required.
The process of learning and adapting sometimes takes minutes or even hours, depending on your natural equilibrium. And it can be painful: as can be seen in that video, the learning process usually ends with a fall. For those who try, it is recommended to equip themselves with protective measures.
Most hover-boards reach speeds of 8 to 20 mph and can sip around 20 kilometers before they need additional electrical charge. They weigh about 7 – 8 kg, and prices range from 500 to 1,000 dollars for the cheaper models, but expensive ones cost $ 1,000 – $ 2,000 or more.
Why is it good? The boardboard is a toy supplier, a real transportation provider. There are those who argue that this is nothing more than fun for leisure, just like a skateboard, suitable mainly for children or teenagers. Some manufacturers claim that it can be used to transport large enclosed spaces, such as huge warehouses or airports. But one who says that it is a personal vehicle can also be used for short daily trips, from home to work, to a train or to a bus, and back. Its advantage on the bicycle, for example, is that it can be folded as soon as necessary and put in a bag or carried by hand.
“This is a pure fun tool,” said Yuval Atad, chairman of the international Chinabuy Group, which operates the ChinaBuy Israel sales site, “I believe it will be an unusual hit in Tel Aviv as a short-distance vehicle. But I also completely see my child traveling in a park or neighborhood. ”
Where did the Hyperboard come from? It is not entirely clear, but according to the Wired magazine investigation, the company that invented the concept in its current form is a Chinese company called Chic Robotics, founded in 2013 and launched the first tool in August 2014. Soon the imitations came and today there are quite a few factories in China that produce generic Huberburgs A distributor or importer can buy and market.
In the last six months it’s hard to ignore their presence in the streets and on the television screen. Actor Jamie Foxx demonstrated last May his boardboard on Jamie Falun’s talk show; Singer Lily Allen, singer Justin Bieber and musician Chris Brown are just some of the most famous people who have documented themselves riding.