Singapore is eminently walkable, with wide avenues, famously draconian clean streets regulations, and an overall welcoming atmosphere for the pedestrian. Well, you might have to kiss all that goodbye because electric unicycles, scooters, and non-hovering, non-board-shaped “hoverboards” are taking over the city.
This weekend, after much doubt as to whether his latest creation was real or not, jet ski champion Franky Zapata set a new Guinness World Record for the farthest hoverboard flight. I was there when it happened, and I’m here to tell you that this thing is real, and it’s spooky how it just hangs there, mid-air, until…
When video surfaced of a hoverboard in action a few weeks ago—not those ones that roll around on the ground, but a hoverboard that actually flies—there were plenty of YouTube comments questioning its authenticity. It is most definitely real, and its creator just set a world record for distance in a hoverboard flight.
A North Miami outfit has created a remarkably low-tech “modification” for a self-balancing electric scooter (AKA “hoverboard”) that allows it to be operated from a beach chair. It can even tow all your other giant goofy toys.
You’ve probably seen Franky Zapata’s water-powered Flyboards available to ride at fancy resorts. But his newest creation takes riders far above the surface of the water. Forget those two-wheeled death traps and the utterly disappointing Hendo, this is the closest thing we now have to a working hoverboard.
Today the US International Trade Commission issued an order banning virtually all imports of hoverboards into the United States. But this time it has nothing to do with safety.
In September, Segway filed a lawsuit against Inventix for the not-Hoverboard, claiming a violation of their patents. On December 23, Segway filed two more suits, adding Razor and Swagway to the list.
Two things: One, those two-wheeled self-balancing teen transporters you’ve heard so much about lately should not be called “hoverboards,” as they do not hover. Two, everyone should stop buying them.
Alright, it’s time. Go buy yourself a hoverboard (or swagway, skywalker, nerd mover, or whichever clever term you prefer) for $280, and make walking a thing of the past.
British police reminded the public yesterday that it’s illegal to ride “one of these” in public. And by “one of these,” the fuzz means self-balancing scooters. That didn’t stop the press from calling the wheeled contraptions “hoverboards.” Ugh!
Is the hoverboard just over the horizon? Not quite. But you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise!
The latest video in Lexus’ Amazing in Motion series reveals what the company is claiming is a working hoverboard that manages to float about an inch off the ground. It’s a far cry from what we saw in Back to the Future 2, but has the carmaker brought us one step closer to our dreams?
If the recent White House Correspondents Dinner has shown us anything, it's that politicians are the true masters of comedy in American society. Case in point: a recent joke proposal by a D.C. politician to install "hoverboard lanes" in the nation's capital.