Segway-Ninebot announced the upcoming launch of a completely new device in the world of everyday electric vehicles. We are talking about electric roller shoes called Segway Drift W1. Segway company decided to improve the traditional roller shoes by adding electric motors. How good is it? Let’s see.
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Segway Drift W1: Design
The company uses the same technology of gyroscopic stabilization, which was previously used in the first Segway Human Transporter. However, this time the wheel has a very small diameter. In fact, the gadget consists of two black-and-white platforms with a built-in wheel in each of them. Two platforms are divided, which allows you to make jumps, rotations and other tricks.
As for the size, each platform has a length of 29 cm, a height of 16 cm and a width of 12 cm. They are slightly bigger than the average men’s shoes.
Segway Drift W1: Experience of use
How to use Segway Drift W1? It is quite simple: you need to put each leg on a stabilized wheel that can be moved forward or backward. To start, simply tilt the body forward. The platform is covered with a material that prevents the shoes from slipping.
In fact, Segway Drift W1 is a regular electric balance wheel with separate platforms on wheels. They are equipped with a self-balancing system, as well as a backlight for driving in the dark.
Segway Drift W1: Features
Despite the fact that Segway already demonstrated its new gadget in official video, but in terms of technical specifications we still don’t know all details.
We know that each electronic platform weighs about 3.5 kg. The maximum speed is about 12 km/h. For comparison, Hovershoes, which is the main competitor of Drift W1, able to ride up to 8
8 km of single charnge and has a speed of about 8 km/h .
The battery life of Segway Drift W1 is about 45 minutes on a single charge. Please note that Segway is talking about time, not travelled distance. This gives us to understand that Drift W1 is a hobby, not just a vehicle.
The body of electric rollers is protected from water according to IP54 standard. The maximum load is 100 kg.
Segway Drift W1: Price and release date
In the US, the brand opened pre-orders from July 24. Now for a couple of Drift W1 you will need to pay 399 US dollars. The delivery is only available in the United States, with an estimated availability date in mid-August.
In Europe, Segway will first show these electronic roller shoes on IFA 2018 (from August 31 to September 5 in Berlin), where a press conference will be held.
Segway added that this gadget is perfect for young people who are not afraid to stand out and keep up with modern technology. We can not wait for its release! And you?
Segway Drift W1: Video
Despite the fact that Segway Drift W1 will go on sale only next month, some popular Youtube bloggers have already tested them. For example, Casey Neistat, swept the streets of New York and left his first review. You can find all the pros and cons of the smallest electric vehicle in the world. Watch the first video about Segway Drift W1 below.
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