The phrase “get your skates on” has a whole new meaning… Personal transportation specialist Segway has unveiled the Segway Drift W1, the first product in the new Segway e-skates category. Some people are already referring to them as “roller-shoes”.
Most of us know Segway for those odd-looking two-wheeled transport devices with a steering pole favoured by mall security guards and car park patrolmen.
But these are way more cool and versatile – and they fit into a backpack when you don’t want to use them. They’re a sort of high-tech rollerblade for those who like to make an impression in the park, or save on bus tickets for the daily commute to and from work. They come in pairs with a flat place to stand on – no straps or buckles – you just stand on them and move.
Frankly, we’re not sure how long it takes to achieve perfect coordination so the two wheels don’t head off in opposite directions, which would really spoil the brag factor down on Venice Beach… But the models in this video clearly had no trouble learning the art. Take a look!:
Like Segway’s other ‘stable, self-balancing technology’-based devices (behind which are no less than 800 patents), the Segway e-skates are quality engineered and durable. But they are much more of a consumer product than the two-wheeled ride-on devices aimed at the commercial market.
Styled in black and white, the Segway Drift W1 e-skates are lightweight at 3.5kg each and compact. On a full charge, they run for about 45 minutes and have a top speed of 12kph – which is quick compared to the average human walking speed of 5.1kph measured at pedestrian crossings in the US. They can be recharged at once using a single cable and powerpoint.
Running on a single wheel on each shoe, the tyres are designed to improve stability and steering capabilities.
These are the perfect new must-have for people who want to stand out from the crowd and embrace new trends – just like rollerblades were in the 1980s and self-balancing scooters in more recent years.
The Segway e-skates are on sale for US$399 a pair, on pre-order online direct from the company (they require a $99 deposit) and will be shipped from mid-August. Each pair comes with a free helmet.
The last time we wrote about personal mobility devices we revealed these ‘smart shoes’ designed by Israeli company B-shoe to help prevent elderly people from falling over. But the Segway e-skates are all about fun.