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.
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.
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.
The concept of summer camp was apparently invented at the Chautaqua Institute, where they continue to offer day camp to this day. Cars are not used here; kids as young as four or five years old ride themselves to camp every morning on bicycles. This is one of several clusters of kids’ bikes parked at camp in the morning when everybody arrives.
The official launch was only two weeks ago but I’m pretty sure the bikes showed up the the app before then. They may have had a soft launch about a month ago to see whether or not people tossed all the bikes into the Hudson. Answer: not yet.