Monthly Archives: February 2017

Rowbike seen (sort of) in the wild.

It’s in a store window, which makes it 1000x more real than your typical crowdfunded project.

We talked about these things back in 2014. This is the first time I’ve seen one in real life, even if only in a shop window. They want $3000 for the four-wheel model (shown) or $2500 for a two-wheeled one. In other words, prices have come up $500 since last discussed. It looks like a new company has taken over the patents, for whatever that’s worth.

For $170 you can rocket! If by rocket, you mean “roll at 7mph”

Acton R5 Rocketskates are on sale at woot for $170.

This is the most flattering photo they could find.

These things are controlled by a wireless remote control or by an app running on your cell phone. Imagine the shenanigans if you were to get your hands on somebody’s remote? The laughter might almost justify the legal liability that would surely result.

Per the vendor,

“The ACTON R5 RocketSkates are motorized electric skates that can propel a wearer at up to 7 mph. A set of step-in footplates secure most types of footwear with strap bindings similar to those on snowboard boots, accommodating small and large feet.

Supporting riders up to 180 lbs., the powered skate’s (red buckled skate) twin 6”-diameter wheels has a 50-watt motor integrated into its fiber-reinforced nylon frame. Control acceleration and breaking using the included remote control or remote control app. The footplates also pivot down to put your foot in contact with the ground for walking or going upstairs.

The powered skate has a removable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 45 minutes of continuous power (up to a 5-mile range), ideal for travel across a school campus, to a local cafe, or while roaming a neighborhood festival. Battery recharges in 1.5 hours using the included AC adapter.

5 mile / 45 minute range
Max speed: 7mph
Motor: Dual 50W DC hub motors
Battery: Li-ion rechargeable (charges in 1.5 hours)
Maximum User Weight Capacity: 180 lbs.”