Zoom to work on these Rocketskates (Wired UK)


Acton


Cycling to work is so last season. These Rocketskates have
onboard motors to let you zip to work in a jiffy. By “jiffy” we
mean a maximum speed of 12mph (19km/h).

Lookswise, the Acton R Rocketkates wouldn’t be amiss in a 1980s
vision of the future (Marty McFly would definitely own a pair). But
they are definitely an improvement on Acton’s previous iteration –
the Spnkix skates, which debuted back in February 2012 and looked
more like miniature Segways.

The new Rocketskates are also electric, motorised roller skates
— each one featuring a 50W DC hub motor with on-board
microprocessor. They are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and
communicate with each other so that they keep the same speed.

The skates — which you can strap over your regular shoes — are
controlled entirely by moving your feet, so you tilt forward to
accelerate (much like a Segway) and tilt back to apply the
brakes.

They link up to a smartphone app to allow the wearer to monitor
their performance, battery status and route. You can also keep in
touch with other RocketSkaters and play games.

There are three models, each with a pretty badass name. The R6
Rocket Red is the entry-level model, with batteries that last just
45 minutes and a range of six miles (around 10km). Then there’s the
R8 Terminator Chrome, which has a 70-minute battery life and a
range of eight miles (13km). At the top end, you can buy the R10
Deep Space Black, which can last for 90 minutes without recharging
and has a 10-mile (16km) range.

All of the models have a top speed of 19km/h and weigh a
whopping three kilos each. Acton is currently taking pre-orders for
the RocketSkates on Kickstarter, with an early bird deal of $399
(£233) for the R6 model or $599 (£350) for the R10s, and expects to
start shipping to the US in October 2014 and the rest of the world
in November.

Acton describes itself as a personal mobility company and is
carving a name for itself in making intriguing forms of transport,
including an electric
three-wheeled scooter
and now the Rocketskates.

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Source: wired.co.uk
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