It’s been a big month for non-traditional transportation. A week ago we saw Lexus take the cover off its Hoverboard and now a new device from Cocoa Motors in Japan is stealing the show. The WalkCar is a small, trim four-wheeled vehicle that fits in your backpack and might be confused for a MacBook.
WalkCar’s aluminum frame can support up to 265 pounds and travel up to six miles per hour. A three hour charge of its built-in battery will yield about seven miles of power. The device itself weights in between 5-6 pounds, depending on whether it is the indoor or outdoor model.
To get started, riders simply stand on it and then step off when they are ready to stop. Much like the Oxboard, WalkCar can be directed by slightly leaning to the right or left. For heavily populated areas this has a lot of potential for speeding up a daily commute within the city. Its small form-factor is perfect for students cruising around campus. It would be the ultimate way to arrive at class.
This Segway meets skateboard love child is set to hit Kickstarter in the fall with a $800 price tag. It is expected to ship in the spring of 2016.
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- Solenica’s solar-powered Lucy lamp shines light into the dark spaces in your home
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- The new Graava action camera uses your heartbeat to capture the best moments and make a highlight reel
- Bang & Olufsen brings it all together with new whole home audio capabilities for existing products
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