Thursday, August 18, 2005
Style File: Hoverboard
It's no secret, south Floridians have an appetite for adventure. But if you have voracity for velocity, a new toy invented by a south Floridian is not only fun, it's functional. In this week's Style File, we warn you - this is not your father's skateboard.
WSVN-- Want to get your motor running? Looking for adventure? Well, how about a skateboard with serious attitude.
Check out the hoverboard.
Hoverboard Co-Inventor Dr. Sean Donnelly: "The word hoverboard if you remember is from the movie 'Back to the Future 2."
Dr. Sean Donnelly: "Of course they don't float on air I'm still working on that."
Manufactured right here in Miami, Dr. Sean Donnelly invented the hoverboard as a way to travel short distances.
It looks like a skateboard cause its 4 wheels on a board...But, that's where the similarities end.
At almost 50 pounds, this thing won't do flips but it will keep up with moving traffic.
Dr. Sean Donelly: "They're fast I can tell you that. They're a lot faster then you could ever push with your right foot."
And you don't need to push with your foot? The hoverboard has an 800-watt motor. And, with a handheld remote control it can go up to 30 miles per hour.
Dr. Sean Donelly:"30 mph does sound kind of fast, but for the beginner rider there is a switch inside that will turn the velocity down."
It even has a built-in safety feature, once you step off, the board shuts off. Anybody can do it; it takes very little skill...Just a little bit of nerve that's all.
Hoverboard Co-Inventor Roland Martinez: "Everytime we ride them, everyone's head turns if you want attention just get on one of those. Everybody just freaks out. They've never seen anything like them."
South Florida skaters agree.
Skateboarder J.D. Ashe: "The board itself is just amazing."
Skateboarder Shane Shackelford: 'I think it's really innovative...I've never seen anything like it"
The only complaint
Skaters: "Its really heavy
And it doesn't float on water.
The hoverboard battery can last up to 20 miles and it can be recharged. Each board costs just under 7 hundred dollars.
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