Electric Roller Skates Double as Activity Tracker and Social Network
Personal mobility shoes of the future passes Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in under 24 hours
Just when you thought biking to your co-working space was the trend of the future, enter RocketSkates, the World’s first remote-free roller skates that will blast you around town at speeds up to 12mph. Powered by four hub motors and a lithium-ion battery pack, RocketSkates are launching into development after rapid Kickstarter success.
The project was designed by Peter Treadway, Co-Founder and CTO of ACTON, a Los Angeles-based startup that aims to make personal mobility fun and accessible.
No training wheels are necessary for this new mode of transportation: instructions come with four simple steps to pick a leading foot, turn the skates on, kick-to-start, and control. The motorized skates communicate with each other to operate at the same speed and behavior. Skaters simply need to tilt the skates forward to get rolling, and put their heel down to slow down or stop.
The good news is RocketSkates aren’t confined to riding; you can climb stairs or stroll into your favorite cafe wearing them as electric shoes. The strap-in design is compatible with almost every shoe type and size, so riders can arrive in style (relatively) no matter what type of occasion.
In addition to the aforementioned features, the Kickstarter campaign promises features of ‘Funz’ while “cruising through the paved metropolis.”
RocketSkates connects to the ACTON App, supported by iPhone and Android iOS, via Bluetooth for riders to track routes, check battery life, and monitor skate performance. The Creators ensure RocketSkating is not an autonomous activity. The App doubles as a social network platform in which RocketSkaters can play interactive games and compare mileage. The mapping functions allows skaters to share tracks and find users on a map to meet up in real time.
There are three different models each with increasing battery life and consequently a higher price tag. The entry-level R-6 comes in a “Rocket Red” and lasts for 45 minutes while the R-8 “Titanium Chrome” lasts for 70 minutes. At the top-level with a $500 price tag, the R-10 comes in a “Deep Sea Black” and will get riders 90 minutes of ride time, or a range of 10 miles.
It’s apparent that people are eager to strap into the motorized skates and take a spin in the wearable mobility. RocketSkates surpassed its $50,000 fundraising goal within a matter of 24 hours. RocketSkates is Treadway’s third successful Kickerstarter, including the 2012 SpnKiX, a similar battery-powered, motorized pair of skates controlled by a wireless remote.
But in 2014, hand controls are a thing of the past. With 43 days to go in the campaign and a healthy $75,303 raised, 169 backers are set to join the hands-free electric skating community.
To increase the interconnectedness of the RocketSkaters network, the Kickstarter rewards customers interested in sharing novel approaches to the skating experience. A pledge level specificially for Developers allows access to a Software Developer Kit to create games or custom app features.
Keep both eyes peeled for RocketSkaters bypassing you on the sidewalk early September.
[h/t] Digital Trends