2015 continues to be an exciting year for gadget fans together with the release of the new 2 wheel self balancing electric scooter. All around the globe, individuals are taking to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to post pictures and videos of themselves zipping around on this 2 wheel contraption which essentially resembles a plank with a wheel on either side.
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A cross between a skateboard and a segway, this miniature Segway (without the handle) kind thing is blowing up in popularity, fuelled in part by the quantity of celebrities which were seen on one. From Justin Bieber Kendall Jenner to Jamie Foxx, to Soulja Boy, all have tried their hand at this nifty little gadget, and appear to have had lots of fun doing so.
Nicknamed the'swegway' (because of it's likeness to the Segway, but a 'cooler' version) we are not sure entirely where this special electrical scooter originated from or who devised the first. Most likely it originated from some factory in China. The initial peeks we saw of it in the media were a product known as a scooter that sells for a whopping $1800, the IO Hawk. This was back in January of 2015. Since then many more affordable versions of the exact same product have come on the market and also the common price at the moment seems to be around $500.
How does it work? Essentially you stand on the two panels and shift your body weight slightly forward or somewhat back and it feels this bodyweight change and moves backwards or forwards. Additionally, it may turn left or right. This scooter is proving to be so popular it is really being touted as the personal mobility device of the near future. Who would like to walk when you are able to glide? Plus it's a good deal faster than walking, going at rates of 6mph to 10mph.
Where can you buy one? All these are available on quite several different websites but under different brand names and at vastly different prices. For instance the IO Hawk mentioned above is $1800 while the Phunkeeduck is about $1500 and much more economical is the Monorover R2 which comes in at only $400-$600 (depending on where you buy it). What's the difference between all these? None at all. In fact they are all nearly exactly the same except for several little, barely noticeable differences. It simply depends on your own financial plan and whether or not brand name is important for you.