Posted on November 10 2015
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the most sought-after gifts is loved by celebrities and athletes alike. The EZ Rider hoverboard is everywhere right now, and GOiNNOVA has complied a guide to help you understand just what all the fuss is about.
What are EZ-Rider Hoverboards?
Well, they’re definitely not what the writers of Back to the Future II envisioned for this year. The hoverboards of 2015 don’t actually hover. Possibly, from a great distance, if you can’t see the rider’s feet or you’ve misplaced your glasses, it might look like someone’s hovering along. But in reality, they’re motorized transport devices that have a wheel, or two, upon which someone stands—like a Segway without the pole and handle bars.
But unlike a Segway, the boards tend to have a motor connected to each wheel, which lets each foot move individually—allowing for greater control over stability in the absence of a Segway’s pole and handle bars, are to help the rider steer left and right.
Some useful stats: According to PC Advisor, most hoverboards can accommodate about 220 pounds of weight. They can only hit top speeds of about 10 mph, and generally have a range of about 12 miles. The boards themselves generally weigh over 25 lbs.
Why are hoverboards everywhere right now?
2015 has been the year of the hoverboard. Back in January, CNN named the hoverboard to be one of the coolest pieces of technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.