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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hovershoes are here! $200 self-balancing skates slip under your shoes to propel you at 7mph - Daily Mail

Move over, hoverboards. 

A new pair of hovershoes unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show could soon replace your scooter, bike and skateboard - just don't try to take them for a spin in the rain. 

Called the Motokick hover shoes, the $200 self-balancing skates slip underneath your shoes to propel users at speeds of up to 7mph and can even play music.

All users have to do to get moving is tilt backwards and forwards, then they're ready to cruise. 

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HOVERSHOES SPECS 

Can reach up to 7.5mph

Travel up to 6 miles on a single charge

Rechargeable lithium-ion battery 

Self-stabilizing

250 watt hub motor

Rubber pads for traction 

LED flashing lights 

They look a bit whacky and can feel awkward when worn for the first time, but it only takes a few tries before wearers will be ready to zoom about at full speed. 

Rubber covers the top of the shoes so that users' feet can grip onto the surface and not slide off.  

Jetson, the company behind Motokicks, basically took the same technology used in its hoverboards, split the board in half and fit the tech into a pair of platform skates. 

Inside the shoes are sensors, a rechargeable lithium ion battery, motors and a motherboard.  

A number of sensors power what Jetson calls active balance technology so that it's 'balanced at all times.'  

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jetson unveiled its 'Motokicks' hovershoes. The electric, self-balancing skates cost $200 for a pair and is expected to launch in the spring

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jetson unveiled its 'Motokicks' hovershoes. The electric, self-balancing skates cost $200 for a pair and is expected to launch in the spring

And so far so good. In a demo for DailyMail.com, a Jetson employee was able to scoot around the CES floor with ease. 

'It's self-balancing and it feels very much like skates,' Michael Ruskin, vice president of operations at Jetson, told DailyMail.com. 

'I feel more in control than on a hoverboard because once you get the hang of it, you realize...it's just very simple movements. 

But don't expect to ride a pair of hovershoes to work anytime soon, as they aren't great for riding on carpets or in the rain because they need traction to be stable.  

In a demo for DailyMail.com, a Jetson employee was able to scoot around the CES floor. The shoes can go up to 7mph and have a rechargeable battery that lasts 6 miles on a single charge

Don't expect to ride a pair of hovershoes to work anytime soon, as they aren't great for riding on carpets or in the rain because they need traction to be stable

Don't expect to ride a pair of hovershoes to work anytime soon, as they aren't great for riding on carpets or in the rain because they need traction to be stable

One of the coolest hidden features of the hovershoes is that they turn into a roving boombox. 

With the push of a button, music will start playing through the shoes with strobe lights flashing along with the beat. 

So if you play some dubstep, the flashing lights will 'bump with the music,' Ruskin said. 

What's more, the hovershoes will soon be able to magically transform into a hoverboard and a go-kart.  

With the push of a button, music will start playing through the shoes with strobe lights flashing along with the beat. So if you play some dubstep, the flashing lights will 'bump with the music'

With the push of a button, music will start playing through the shoes with strobe lights flashing along with the beat. So if you play some dubstep, the flashing lights will 'bump with the music'

Motokicks aren't the first hovershoes to hit the market - Segway released its own self-balancing skates earlier this year. But Jetson's hovershoes still manage to stand out

Motokicks aren't the first hovershoes to hit the market - Segway released its own self-balancing skates earlier this year. But Jetson's hovershoes still manage to stand out

At CES, Jetson also showed off its 'go-kart for adults,' an electric go-kart that uses a hoverboard as its base and can go up to 10mph.

The hovershoes themselves won't be available for purchase until later this year, according to Jetson.

Motokicks aren't the first hovershoes to hit the market - Segway released its own self-balancing skates, called the Drift W1s, earlier this year. 

But Jetson's hovershoes still manage to stand out, with unique features like the flashing LED lights that sync up with music, as well as the fact that they transform into a hoverboard. 

Jetson told MailOnline that the Motokicks can also transform into a hoverboard, with the addition of a device that connects the two shoes in the middle. The shoes cost $200 a pair

Jetson told MailOnline that the Motokicks can also transform into a hoverboard, with the addition of a device that connects the two shoes in the middle. The shoes cost $200 a pair

At CES, Jetson also showed off its 'go-kart for adults,' an electric go-kart that uses a hoverboard as its base and can go up to 10mph. It also showed off other hoverboards

At CES, Jetson also showed off its 'go-kart for adults,' an electric go-kart that uses a hoverboard as its base and can go up to 10mph. It also showed off other hoverboards

And above all, they're really fun to ride, Jetson said. 

'[The hovershoes] are a toy and they're fun. That's what these are,' Ruskin said.

'It's a new way for children and adults to experience mobility. Plus, it provides a real sense of freedom.'



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