Swedish Startup to Bring Pogo Sticks to S.F. as E-Scooter Alternative

This story is probably fake, but I hope against hope that it’s real.

“SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Franciscans may soon be able to bounce their way around town, if a Swedish-based mobility company has its way.

Earlier this month, start-up company Cangoroo announced plans to deploy hundreds of pogo sticks in select cities to directly compete with electric scooters as a transportation option.…”

Pogo stick mobility. Photo: Cangoroo.tech

A perfect companion for your Segway

The entrepreneurs behind Runfun had a vision — what if, instead of putting on a pair of shoes and going running, perhaps while carrying a phone or MP3 player, you could instead charge up a robot called “rufus” that would roll ahead of you like a juggernaut, clearing the path of pedestrians and young children by smashing into them as you approach.

Rufus has a screen, so you can watch The Simpsons as you jog, or something

The entrepreneurs, by the way, seem to be Dutch. Their website promises that the device can “execute complete workouts” including “pyramid fartlek runs.” I don’t know what that means, and if you are Dutch, I don’t want you writing in to tell me.

This image is so very very sad.

$2500 or so, by the way.

https://www.runfun.com/en/rufus

Sproingy Wheels!

I ran across the following on AliExpress, selling for $109.73 a pair.

At first glance, it looks like inline skates where the wheels are at the bottom of a sprinted platform. However fatal such an arrangement must be, I was tempted.

The reality is somewhat less bad. The wheels and springs are options; you get the boots and both kinds of bases and attach whichever you prefer.

Do Not Enter – Except Bikes

Wheeled Thing was lucky to visit Southern France this summer.  His favorite thing about France was this sign.  “Do not enter, except bikes”.  It recognizes that bikes and cars do not have to follow the same rules. No Right Turn Sauf Bikes, No Left Turn Sauf Bikes, Do Not Enter, Sauf Bikes.

Tour de France!

French engineering at its finest!

So apparently Segway is leaping into the skate market

They announced this a month ago but I’m hearing about it only now. For $400 you can pre-order a pair of Segway skates (or ‘personal rolling transport products’).

Segway-Ninebot W1 Skates

As best I can tell, there’s one wheel under each foot, and they’re like motorized Heelys, with the addition of Segway’s auto-balancing technology. They weigh about 7.7 pounds (3.5 kg) per skate, and they’re physically large enough that they won’t fit in any kind of normal backpack. Maximum speed is rated at roughly 7.5 mph and the battery lasts around 45 minutes depending on “riding” style and road conditions.