Be Like Marty McFly with this Onewheel Electric Board
You wouldn't call it a skateboard and with the big go-kart wheel mounted midship, you certainly couldn't call it a hoverboard. But if you ever wanted to experience Marty McFly's space age transport from Back to the Future Part II in the real world, this is one of the closest things to it. It's called the Onewheel, and for $1,500 you can zip all around town and across all types of terrain using the same type of technology you'd find in a smartphone and an electric car. Sure, it sounds like a lot of cash, but if your nearest tree is a skyscraper or lamp post, it might be all the transportation you need. Take a look. RELATED: See more photos of the 2015 Onewheel electric board
There's no remote control to make it go (though there is a smartphone app). Simply lean forward on the board to move faster, lean back to slow down or reverse, and lean to the side to turn. You can even flip the board around and go goofy without catapulting off. The key components at work here are the Onewheel's accelerometer and gyroscope, which relay your movements thousands of times a second to keep the board balanced and you moving in the direction you want to go.
Packed into Onewheel's core is a two horsepower direct drive brushless motor, powered by a bank of lithium ion batteries. The end result is a 12 mph (maximum) sidewalk surfing experience with a range of four to six miles per charge. Need to make a longer round-trip? Onewheel powers up fully in only 20 minutes.
Another firm recently produced this actual levitating hoverboard, but you'll have to plan your route across non-ferrous metals – at least for now.
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