The Segway was something like the Google Glass (GOOG) of 2001. His unpopularity came from two major drawbacks: its perception and its price of $5,000.
The inventor behind RocketSkates It has strived to avoid errors of Segway to improve its main idea of electrical pads.
Peter Treadway, the designer, based in Los Angeles, it happened something that is quite discreet and relatively affordable. You put the RocketSkates with flat-soled shoes to float down the street at 10 mph. Acton the Strartup of Treadway, sells skates as the "first transport in the world that takes over."
Users control RocketSkates shifting your weight forward to accelerate and backward to stop. A smaller wheel in the heel provides stability; It is also the braking mechanism, which is activated when pressed down with the heel. RocketSkates you need a bit of practice because, unlike the Segway, they do not work with their own balance. Skates communicate among themselves and with your smartphone via Bluetooth. An application allows users to follow your path performance, battery power, as well as compete with friends.
The inventor sees them as an alternative to other forms of urban transport more versatile, safe and convenient. Acton He was careful to keep the maximum speed to 12 miles per hour, which is below the limit for the use of motor vehicles on sidewalks. You don't have to search for parking or close the skates when not in use. And skates can be used even while you walk or climb stairs, since the wheels are on the sides of the shoes instead of below the feet.