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Get Your Electric Boogaloo On With Motorized Skates

by Adriana Lee | July 15, 2012July 15, 2012 6:00 am PST

Electric skates

Imagine taking a Segway, lopping off the top and gluing it directly to your shoes. Kind of a crazy thought, but that hasn’t stopped someone from giving something like it a go.

The Electric Skates are like a cross between the iconic geek transporter and ski boots that strap on to your Keds to give you a roller-powered ride at up to 8 mph. Both the left and the right skates are motorized, featuring an 80-watt motor with 6″ rubber wheels. Want to change speeds on your electric boogaloo ride, or slow to a dramatic stop? The skates have an integrated heel stopper, so you can do it manually. (The even less sure-footed can also attach training wheels at the heel.) But who’d do that when there’s a wireless remote control to really up the geek quotient? Just hit the remote to go faster or slower.

The 16-pound skates can support a person weighing up to 180 pounds, and their lithium ion batteries offer 40 minutes of life per charge (roughly 5 to 6 miles). That should be plenty for most hobby riders, unless they have legs of steel and some real distance to cover.

This contraption could be just wacky enough to be a huge hit, if not for two things: First, uneven pavement or natural klutziness could make for a pretty unsafe ride. (Hello, lawsuits.) And second, it’s not exactly cheap. While a bargain compared to spending thousands on an actual Segway, the $700 price tag is still quite a chunk of change. But if these aren’t deterrents for you, then head on over to those renowned purveyors of pricey flights of fancy, Hammacher Schlemmer.

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...