Get to work in a jiffy with a skateboard you can control from your phone
A group of designers has created an ultra-lightweight, ultra-quick electric skateboard that could change the way we commute.
Founded by a startup called Marbel, the board is just under 10 pounds and produces enough power to hit 20 miles per hour — uphill. It has a 10-mile range and uses battery technology similar to that in the Tesla Model S. Recharging the board takes only 90 minutes.
Perhaps the niftiest aspect of the board’s design is that it’s controllable by a smartphone app that sets the speed and acceleration for the board, from “starter” mode to a blazing fast “sport” mode.
Marbel has already surpassed its Kickstarter funding goals by tens of thousands of dollars. After watching the project’s video, it’s not hard to guess why:
Marbel plans to begin shipping out its skateboards to its hardcore early Kickstarter supporters by the end of the year—if they donated more than $999, that is.