‘Hoverboards,’ though stupid, are probably not illegal

The NYPD has announced that hoverboards are illegal on sidewalks and streets in NYC.

Into the hoosegow with you!

Into the hoosegow with you!


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.