Motorized Skates Having 12MPH Top Speed, Specialized App, And No RC Are Here
The best toy of childhood? Skates! The amazing shoes with tyres that let you move around without walking. That was back in early 2000s. This is 2014 so we should expect more from skates manufacturers, shouldn’t we? A recently published Kickstarter project has developed motorized skates called ACTON RocketSkates that let you move around at 12mph (almost 20 km/h) at max.
RocketSkates do not actually feature a rocket engine. They have four hub motors that power the engine. The best thing about these motorized skates is that they are lightweight and you can easily move around the city without using any remote control for navigation. The skates are designed to read your intent of movement and move accordingly. To accelerate, tilt your feet forward and if you want to slow down, tilt your heels back.
Each piece of a pair has two hub motors and a microprocessor that synchronizes the speeds of both pieces. There is an app for RocketSkates on both iOS and Android platform that monitors the status of the skates and tracks your route.
More interesting apps can be developed for RocketSkates. Currently available app gets connected with RocketSkates via Bluetooth and provides you information about battery of skates and about mileage too. It even compares your route with others. Most interesting feature of the app is that, despite of RocketSkates’ ability to move without any remote control, it lets you control RocketSkates like RC just for fun.
The device features a unique light-weight design and hence provides more mobility. “The hexagon is represented in our brand, from our logo to our products … The ‘throttle’-like shape of a rocket converges to the logo. The button lighting up is meant to serve as an ‘electric’ flame,” said, Acton’s transportation designer, Jennifer Choy. “The RocketSkates is meant to invoke the feeling of a futuristic, industrial vehicle.”
However, there are limitations too. “The skates, powered by lithium-ion battery packs, come in three configurations with varying limits of usage: Rocket Red at 45 minutes (or 6 miles), Terminator Chrome at 70 minutes (or 8 miles) and Deep Space Black, which lasts for 90 minutes (or 10 miles),” notes Mashable.
These can be fully charged in 90 minutes or so.
Back in early 2000s when skates or rollers got famous, many people criticized of their safety. A group of doctors published a study showing potential injuries caused by Heelys. They said that Heelys were causing a new type of pediatric injury. Later that year, a U.K. town banned the device for being dangerous.
Same fate might be faced by Acton’s RocketSkates but apparently a large number of people are praising the device at Kickstarter. Initially pledging for $50,000 goal, this Kickstarter project has raised $477,300 to date.
The developers of RocketSkates brag about the ease of use that their device provides. They say it can be used for walking as well. They published a video on their Kickstarter page showing people jumping around using RocketSkates and showing stunts.
The exact price is not yet revealed but the device will cost around $500.