Tag Archives: Skymall

Hovertrax, the invisible Segway

Other than those with rare knee diseases, why do people buy Segways? To make sure they stay fat, sure, but why else? I think it’s a form of conspicuous consumption, a way to signalling to the world “I have too much money.” And if I’m right, why would anybody buy a Hovertrax?

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It’s like a Segway but more subtle. This is from the labs of Shane Chen, the same guy who produces WheeledThing “favorites”,  Solowheel, Lunicycle and Orbitwheels. You can see his long-suffering model from the Orbitwheels campaign, forcing the rictus of a grin as she pretends to enjoy this thing as well.

Can I go inside now?

Can I go inside now?

It comes out of a Kickstarter campaign and it’s sold on Skymall, so it’s practically guaranteed to be worthless.

Windpower Super Skate Sail

These absurdities make an amusing counterpoint to the speed-controlling parachutes we discussed a month ago.

 

Ahoy, mateys and set the main sail!

Ahoy, mateys and set the main sail!

It’s hard to imagine using something like this in any setting where other human beings are present without getting yourself punched in the face.

What could be more fun that standing on your skateboard on the grass, holding a big sheet of plastic?

What could be more fun than standing on your skateboard on the grass, holding a big sheet of plastic?

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/super-skate-sail.html

http://www.skymall.com/large-super-skate-sail/LSK101.html

$6 from Alibaba, or $49.99 from sky mall, your preference.

Orbitwheel — like a Razor RipStik but without the style or control

I’m surprised that the Orbitwheel hasn’t been mentioned on WheeledThing before. It’s been advertised in the Skymall catalog for a while, with photos showing a cheerful Asian woman posing in a pair of Orbitwheels. We know she is only posing because she doesn’t have any broken bones.

Photo captured only moments before she coasted into the back of a dump truck.

Photo captured only moments before she coasted into the back of a dump truck.

Videos exist of people using these, on flat surfaces, at low speeds.

On the plus side, they sell for only about $100 a pair.

More details on their website, http://inventist.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=10&Itemid=118

Arggghhh! Stop me!!!

Arggghhh! Stop me!!!

 

Nitrorail — it’s a . . . thing.

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The print ad for the Nitrorail claims that it offers “unparalleled performance and behaves just like a normal bicycle, but with the added flair of a truly unique, beautiful design.”

I looked for videos of people riding these, with no luck. Their website (at http://nitrorail.com) has a few still photos, none of which resolved my confusion.

Grownup on Nitrorail, doing . . . something.

Grownup on Nitrorail, doing . . . something.

Child on Nitrorail, doing . . . something.

Child on Nitrorail, doing . . . something.

Is it a trick bike? Why does it have tailpipes? How come the kickstand is down in the second photo when the kid is on the bike? Who do they think is going to pay $999 for this?