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(Popular Science)   Sure, Mr. Genius Inventor, the self-balancing single-wheel skateboard is cool and all, but it's now 2014: where's my damn hoverboard?   ( popsci.com) divider line
    More: Cool, Ces, cruising speed, hoverboards, electric skateboards, damn, gyroscopes  
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2014-01-10 08:44:59 AM  
Easy, it's not 2015 yet.
2014-01-10 09:02:21 AM  
Self-balancing? In what sense?

Segways balance by keeping center of mass above the axle. Shifting that center moves the segway. In this thing you're at 90 degrees to what you would be on a segway so center of mass is automatically above the axle; there's no "balancing needed". And you don't move by shifting your weight but by levering/rotating the "board" around the axle relative to the horizon.
2014-01-10 10:05:54 AM  
$1,300 for this...??? Uhhh...
2014-01-10 10:15:12 AM  
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2014-01-10 10:20:42 AM  
1 year until we're supposed to have hoverboards.
2014-01-10 11:41:52 AM  
$1,300 for a cut-down Segway??  (Or not, reading ampoliros above.)  With no appreciable range, utility, or fun?

And you have to fund them first to even make them?

What a waste of time even talking about this Nonstarter.
2014-01-10 12:09:53 PM  
Given that the thing is 25 lbs, self propelled, and the center of the deck is taken up with this bigass, rotating wheel, most of the interesting things you could do with a skateboard seem absolutely out of the question. They didn't mention what their plan was for making a turn, either, that I saw. fark that,
2014-01-10 12:10:20 PM  
FTA: "Over in the startup section of CES..."

Man, I fee sorry for anyone dumb enough to invest in that invention. Good luck with that.
2014-01-10 01:24:42 PM  
Prior art...

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2014-01-10 03:28:10 PM  
Its not a skateboard....its motorized.
2014-01-10 07:17:38 PM  
it looks hungry.
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