I think it is safe to say that we all heard about the hoverboards. Whether we saw them in the trending cover of J-Biebs his videoclip or just saw celebrities riding the boards, the hoverboards are taking over the world.
Made in China
According to Buzzfeed, the hoverboards are originally made in China . Why does this not surprise me? The bigger question is: How can be this be so trendy? I think we all know the Segway. Nowadays this is more used for touristic activities like a tour in the city, but back then, people thought it would be the newest way of transport. When you have the Segway, you take away the handles and boom, the hoverboard is born.
But not all companies have the right to sell this trendy transportation device. About one week ago a company named Razor USA bought all the rights from Chen’s company Inventist to be the exclusive maker and seller of the Hovertrax devices. This makes it impossible for other manufactures like Swagway and Phunkeeduck to sell hoverboards. Inventist actually sued those companies for the copyright. Chen’s company already won the case about the same matter against IO Hawk.
Affordable or not
Now the bigger question is: where can we buy the hoverboard? When you live in the USA it is far more easier to buy a board. Luckily the trend has also moved to the Netherlands and you can order the hoverboards online on popular websites like Bol.com or Superhoverboard.com starting from 549 Euro. It is still not a cheap toy to buy, but it would definitely make on hell of a Christmas gift.
So basically the hoverboard is a newer form of the Segway, but gained a lot of popularity in a short amount of time. Will the hoverboard really be our new way of transportation?
Stay tuned and read my next blog if you want to keep updated about the latest trends, gadgets, apps and news about tech.