spnKiK Motorized Skates (video)
Roller skates died along time ago and Roller Blades, while still around and far more practical, are on life support. However, when both of these hit the proverbial scene they were massive. Kids and adults packed into roller skate rinks for birthday parties and Roller Blades, then a brand, was the next big wave since skateboarding. Fast forward to present day, and the chances of catching someone in a pair of skates of either type are just as likely as seeing good old Loch Ness. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but you catch our drift right? So needless to say the industry is ready for something new, right? How about the spnKiK.
Confusing naming conventions aside, these might be the next big thing since the Roller Blades. Scratch that. They might be the next big thing since the Segway, and at a price point of $649, they’re at the very least a gazzilion times cheaper. They don’t seem to boast the same centrifuge like tech found in the Segway, but they could serve up a dose of short distance practical transportation for any of you that live in an urban setting and can’t bear the idea of walking to work.
Each skate straps to your every day shoe and through the use of a hand mounted wireless remote control, you can administer their speed. All the hardware and electronics (battery, motor, etc) are integrated directly into the frame made of fiber reinforced nylon. The remote controls both feet at the same time and for those who have a steep learning curve they’ll include a set of removable training wheels. Max speed tops out at 10mph, which for those not in the know, is a very fast paced jog, if not run. Each battery should last up to 2-3 miles, though your distance will vary with speed and the grade of the terrain.
This spnKiK are a Kickstarter project, so they’re looking to you to throw down $375 if you want your own pair, which mind you is an Early Bird Special and a significant discount over the anticipated retail cost.