We've changed computing by making computers smaller. We've also revamped the ordinary wristwatch by introducing smartwatches. Now, it's time to revolutionize skating. A startup called ACTON is working on a motorized skates that are powered by electricity.
The cool gadget is called the ACTON R Rocketskates and it recently broke its $50,000 crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. As of this writing, over 299 backers has pledged a total of $137,756, and there's still 42 days more to go.
So how does it work? Unlike other electric skates we've seen in the past years, the RocketSkates is remoteless. Each skate has two motors that are controlled by an on-board microprocessor. Powering the skates is a lithium-ion battery that can last for hours.
According to ACTON, the skates can communicate with each other, ensuring that they keep the same speed. To use the skates, simply press the buttons at the back of each skate to turn them on.
To move forward, just start rolling the skates and motors will be running. To accelerate, simply tilt the skate forward. Push the heel down to slow or stop the skates. It will take a few practices to master them, ACTON said.
Currently, there are three models to choose from: an R6 model that can run up to 6 miles, an R8 model that can go up to 8 miles, and the R10 that can extend up to 10 miles. Users can also download the ACTON app to track distances, battery status, and activities of their friends. ACTON plans to release the SDK to developers to add more features.
If you want one, you can check out the ACTON R Rocketskates on Kickstarter. Just hit the source link below.