A self-balancing scooter that might be less likely to throw you off and catch fire

A startup called KIWANO plans to build a “hoverboard” you’d feel safer riding around. It pairs with your smartphone and is powered by electronics from Samsung.

This partnership with the well-known electronics brands gives the hoverboard an important edge. Hoverboards have recently received criticism over poor build quality. Some hoverboards suddenly throw people off or worse, explode and start fires.

This comes from the influx of more affordable entries, usually made by shady manufacturers who are rushing to get a slice of the market. In the beginning of this not-really-hovering frenzy, the boards would cost $1,000 and more. As popularity rose, sub-$300 entries joined the market often without a glance at safety regulations.

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