Segway has applied their balancing technology to a new product called the Drift W1, a pair of strapless, single-wheel, powered rollerskates.
While that in itself sounds neat, their promotional video is ridiculous, and I mean that pejoratively:
That being said, we were still curious to see how one would actually use these, and if there's any practical application beyond Looking Cool to Awful Music. Segway hired a man who always seems to be on wheels, Casey Neistat, to do a sponsored content post on the drifts, and here we can at least see the learning curve and get a better look at the product's form:
The Drifts reportedly hold enough charge for 45 minutes of riding time--but, as with the original Segway, it's technically impressive without providing any clear application. Is there any circumstance in which you'd find these things useful?
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After watching the shot with the cactus I'm wondering whether you could get a little tripod and
gopro on one of those and get some interesting panning shots?
Casey had a lukewarm review and coulnt really think of a great application. Many train stations, airports, malls do not allow skates or scooters. He said these are slower then the now popular hoverboards.
Not every product has to break new ground. Sometimes it's enough to be a fun and fresh take on an existing product category. Everyone got used to Segways and Hoverboards, and few people questioned electric skateboards. Why not Segway roller skates?
It seems like these could be an alternative to the scooter apps (lime, bird, etc) that have recently become popular in many cities. Throw these in your backpack, hop on the train/bus/subway, and skate the last mile to work when you get off the train. It avoids the regulatory hurdles that are beleaguering the scooter app startups, and would be allowable on public transit systems that don't allow/accommodate bicycles.