I try not to mock hard-working entrepreneurs. They represent the future, after all. But when you see some random guy import yet another motorized unicycle from Shenzhen and then pretend he invented it on Indigogo, it becomes almost a public service to mock him. Or when somebody jury-rigs a chainsaw into motorized inline skates and brags it’s perfect for children. How can you not point out the stupidity of that?
And then there’s Segway, the grand daddy of ludicrous, overpriced, impractical transportational schemes. Dean Kamen sold the steaming mess to a distributor who promptly drove one over a cliff (that’s not metaphorical, that’s what he actually did). And whoever owns the brand now has tried to market smaller versions recently for $800 each. Don’t buy one.
“AeYO!” is the sound you’ll make when you hear the price 648 Euros or when you hit the ground in a heap after wiping out on this bike/skates combo that is neither a bike nor skates but something in between. Who thought it would be good to strap more restrictive things to your skates?
Things to note here: 1. the NYPD, who announced they were illegal, does not actually pass laws. 2. the law they referred to, when pressed on the issue, applies to devices with handlebars (which hoverboards lack), and excludes devices that putt along under 15mph (like hoverboards).
The Hammacher Schlemmer near my office still has one of these things in the window with a $1400 price tag, so it doesn’t appear there’s been any collapse in the market.
I discovered a WheeledThing while wandering the galleries of West Chelsea!
At Chamber the Honda Motocompo, a “folding scooter”, is currently on display. It was made in the early 80s as a “Trunk Bike”. The idea was you would park your car… and pop out your scooter for your last mile. I think time has proven me right in stating this is still a bad idea.
It probably should be called – a handlebar and seat retracting scooter – but that probably sounds bad in Japanese too.
After the breakaway success of the Roller Buggy, it appears that there are still parents out there who think that beauty is more than skin deep, or their offspring have too many teeth. Alternatively, it could be a good way to get your insurance company to pay for plastic surgery.
While the jogging stroller has become commonplace, our friends at Quinny are rolling out a “Longboard Stroller”.
It appears to be nothing more than a skateboard with a seat bolted to it. The Quinny website reads: “It brings together the comfort of a traditional stroller and the excitement of longboarding.”
We all know that dads need lots of excitement when taking out their kids. Moms if you want to get a divorce, I’m guessing if you show a judge this photo, you’ll be able to get what you want.
The cost is only $670, but my favorite part is the disclaimer:
“Why only to European Union countries? The Quinny longboardstroller was developed, tested, and approved for use in the European Community. This product was not designed for other territories, notably in to North America, Australia, or New Zealand, and this longboardstroller is not intended for use in those territories.”
In other words, Quinny is afraid of the American, Australian and New Zealand legal system. I wonder why?
We’re used to seeing entrepreneurs randomly combining two things together and calling it a vehicle (scooter with suitcase, bicycle with skis, etc.) I think this is the first time we’ve seen a three-way combination.