While you may feel a little Kickstartered out thanks to a certain potato salad project, the ACTON R RocketSkates project is worth a look if you like the idea of roller skating minus all that pesky exercise. The project page describes them best:
WHAT ARE THE ACTON R ROCKETSKATES™?
They are electric, motorized skates. Simply strap the RocketSkates™ over your shoes and off you go!
Remote controllers? We don’t need remote controls! Your hands are now free for interpretive dance moves as you cruise about town- your feet control the skates.
Each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The skates communicate with each other so they maintain the same speed and behavior.
RocketSkates™ connect to smartphone via the ACTON App. You can monitor your skates and their performance. Route tracking, skate diagnosis, battery status, games, and social interactivity; the app keeps you in touch with other RocketSkaters.
A Software Developer Kit (SDK) will be available for developers interested in creating games and app features for RocketSkates™.
I say best because, of course, I’d describe them as “OMG SKATES THAT MAKE YOU GO ZOOOOOOOM!”
Currently, they come in 3 models: the R-6 lasts for 45 minutes/6 miles, the R-8 lasts for 70 minutes/8 miles, and the R-10 lasts for 90 minutes/10 miles.
Head after the break for more pictures and the video.