Vecaro Lifestyle Introduces First 8.5” Wheel Hoverboard With UL Certification

Vecaro Lifestyle has created the first off-road hoverboard with 8.5” wheels to receive a UL Certification, making it the safest hoverboard to tackle the most challenging terrains.

Hoverboards have been an increasing fixture on the streets for just over a year, capturing people’s imaginations and fulfilling the prediction made in Back To The Future II. Unfortunately, hoverboards have been the subject of controversy, as batteries have caught on fire and even exploded. Vecaro is one of the few Hoverboard companies that has full UL certification, meaning they are guaranteed to be fire-safe. U.S Customs has approved all Vecaro boards, and not one single Vecaro hoverboard has ever caught on fire. Vecaro was also the first hoverboard company to introduce a ride control mobile app. Now, they are revolutionizing the hoverboard once again, with a UL certified off-road ready version.

Vecaro is introducing a new type of hoverboard, with large format monster truck style wheels designed for outdoor use on snow, dirt roads, riverbanks, and more. The tires have deep lugs to provide traction and wick away mud in even the most challenging conditions.

This new model is called the Trek X, and features 8.5″ wheels, front lights, rear turn signal lights and Bluetooth. It makes use of the signature Vecaro Lifestyle Ride Control Mobile App to provide users with the ultimate riding experience.

Vecaro also added a new model to their line called “City”, utilising very similar features and formatting, while using different, slicker tires similar to those used in street racing, coupled with attractive rims to catch the eye.

A spokesperson for Vecaro Lifestyle explained, “Other hoverboard brands offer similar hoverboards but not one of them is UL certified. Vecaro is the first hoverboard company to introduce the 8.5″ wheel hoverboard with UL certification. We believe this is essential, because off-road hoverboarding will be far more challenging, so the hoverboards need to be even more robust to take the punishment that comes with the great outdoors.”

About Vecaro Lifestyle: Vecaro Lifestyle is the only website that sells U.S. Customs approved hoverboards. They are also the only hoverboard brand that has their own app to control the hoverboard, and now offer the first ever UL certified 8.5″ wheel hoverboard. Unlike other hoverboard brands, they don’t simply sell hoverboards, they also inform the public of the newest hoverboard and technology news through a regularly updated blog. Customers can feel confident when purchasing hoverboards from Vecaro.

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This hoverboard startup wants to create floating cities to combat climate change

As rising sea levels continue to threaten coastal communities around the world, a potential (and far-fetched) idea has emerged to protect houses and apartment buildings by floating them on pools of water like a boat. Arx Pax, the Silicon Valley startup behind the Hendo hoverboard, recently was granted a patent for something it calls a self-adjusting floating environment, or SAFE Building System, that it plans to license to real estate developers, aid groups, and governments interested in creating climate change-proof communities.

Here’s how it works: a shallow pool connected to a nearby body of water, like a river or bay, is excavated under a development. The pool is then filled with a few feet of water, while the excavated dirt is used to shape the surrounding land to protect against storm surges. Shipping container-sized modules are assembled into groups, positioned above the pool, and locked together to form a stable platform. The floating community is built on top, complete with roads and utilities.

In theory, the development floats up during a flood, allowing flood waters to flow under and around the community. The subterranean pool would also help minimize damage during an earthquake.

It’s unclear how much more or less expensive this method would be than current flood-control projects like levies or sea walls. Arx Pax insists its system is more cost-effective, but it seems like it would take a great deal of capital to construct. And this would only be effective for future coastal developments, with current communities left vulnerable to rising sea levels.

“No matter how ‘green’ your building is, it’s not sustainable if it isn’t able to withstand an event,” said Greg Henderson, co-founder and CEO of Arx Pax, in a statement. “As an architect and builder, I knew there had to be a way to build more responsibly in areas subject to earthquakes, floods and rising sea level.”

This may seem like an odd turn for a company that makes magnetically powered hoverboardsand engines for hyperloops, but Arx Pax has been talking about using its technology to mitigate flood and earthquake damage for years now. Of course, the SAFE Building System wouldn’t be using the company’s magnetic levitation technology to make buildings float, but floating pontoons like those used to support the Evergreen Point Floating Bridge over Lake Washington or Japan’s Mega-Float runway in Tokyo Bay.

Arx Pax, eager to prove that this crazy-sounding idea isn’t crazy at all, provided a number of third-party quotes as validation. Gregory Stone, executive vice president at Conservation International, said that Arx Pax’s proposal “is sure to have a positive impact on our built environment,” while Doug Robertson, president of Bay Area structural engineering firm Daedalus, called it “a viable foundation system for private homes, commercial, civic and institutional buildings and even for large-scale developments.”

But the true test of the SAFE system’s viability is whether any developer or government licenses the technology. Henderson tells The Verge that Arx Pax is in discussion with stakeholders “around the world,” but couldn’t disclose details due to non-disclosure agreements.

“We need to teach others how to build the system,” Henderson said. “Remember the old adage, ‘You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’”

To say nothing about teaching the residents of the floating cities of the future to fish out their bedroom windows.


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Instagram chief confirms live video is coming to the platform

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has confirmed to The Financial Times that the Facebook-owned company is bringing live videos to the photo-sharing app. Systrom said in the interview: “Live is really exciting for us. I think it can enhance what we’re doing. If I’m trying to strengthen relationships with someone I love, them streaming video to me live would be an amazing way to be closer to them.” The feature first surfaced last month as an experimental offering in Russia, where some users spotted an icon clearly marked “Live” next to a row of Instagram Stories.

Based on the screenshots posted by Russian publication T Journal, it’ll work similarly to Facebook Live. If you want to broadcast anything, you’ll have to fire up the camera and click “Go Insta!” Unfortunately, the users who got access to the experimental feature weren’t able to find out more than that, since clicking the icon marked “Live” brought them to an empty “popular live broadcasts” page. You might also have to a while before being able to find out yourself: Systrom didn’t exactly say when the feature will become available.


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Microsoft Surface Studio’s Gains Will Be Apple’s Loss

IT’S A TRUISM that while Windows PCs dominate computer sales, the hearts and tabs of the creative class belongs to Apple. On Wednesday, Microsoft moved aggressively to break up that monopoly with the Surface Studio, a gorgeous, 28-inch all-in-one desktop that flattens out into a digital drafting table. If Microsoft succeeds, it’ll be because Surface Studio truly is an innovative device—but even more so because Apple gave the competition a golden opportunity.

It still won’t be easy for Surface Studio to compete for the attention of artists and designers. That it’s even a possibility, though, shows just how vulnerable Apple has become in that space. And the implications of taking away even some of that market go far beyond Surface Studio itself.

An Open Door

In June of 2013, Apple executive Phil Schiller triumphantly introduced the company’s new, cylindrical Mac Pro. Aimed at professional users, it was a workhorse. More importantly, it was a bombshell, a statement that the company was investing in its high-end and creating indelible experiences. “Can’t innovate anymore, my ass,” Schiller said at the time.

Since then, the Mac Pro has not received a single update. The iMac has gotten a spec bump or two, including an upgrade to 4K monitors last year. Laptops haven’t had it much better; the Retina MacBook Pro has gone over 500 days without improvements.

That’s expected to change on Thursday, when Apple will hold a hardware event to introduce a long-anticipated MacBook refresh that includes a fun OLED “touch bar” replacing the current row of function keys.

The iMacs may get another spec bump Thursday as well. Even if so, it’s unlikely that they’ll come anywhere close to the feature set that Microsoft introduced today. The longer Apple waits to shove its desktops into the future, the easier it becomes for creative professionals to consider their alternatives.

“They’re long overdue to blow us away,” says Nick Cronan, founding partner of Branch Creative, the design firm behind the Nextbit Robin smartphone. “Either they’re brewing something up, or maybe it’s time for someone like Microsoft to start coming in and take some of their market.”

As recently as two years ago, Microsoft would have been an unlikely suspect. Last year’s Surface book showed that the software and services company has serious hardware chops, and a willingness to experiment where its OEM partners had not. Surface Studio is an extension of that commitment to making things that aren’t just good, but that feel fresh. After all, before Surface Book, when’s the last time a PC made your jaw drop?

“One goal,” says Microsoft Corporate VP of devices Brian Hall, is to “have a set of products that we know categorically people can pull out of their bag and feel proud to have, in a way that still runs Windows. Frankly, that has been a bit of a gap.”


To put it simply, the Surface Studio doesn’t just look like a better all-in-one PC. It looks like an entirely new category of device.

“It’s been distilled down to one tangible window, which is pretty appealing,” says Brett Lovelady, founder of design firm Astro Studios. “Then you add in all this utility at a desktop level, which definitely keeps it in the realm of a really progressive work tool. It’s a great combination.”

The creative-friendly touches go beyond its flexibility. Designers we talked to cited everything from the Surface Studio’s ability to adjust color settings based on particular use cases to the device’s unique 3:2 aspect ratio as direct appeals to their workflows. And that’s before you even get to the foldability that turns the Studio into a desktop drafting table.

Consider, in that context, that the current iMac has no touch display, much less stylus input. That’s not so important for Joe Computeruser, but it’s something designers actively crave. It’s also, not to be flip, the future.

“I’m seeing my own five-year-old go to touch every screen, and being surprised when the screens aren’t touch. We know that generation growing up is going to only expect it,” says Cronan. “I touch my work display all day, but then I’ve got to wipe the fingerprints off. It’s only to point to things.”

Surface Studio still has plenty to prove. The chipsets are solid, but not hair-raising. Sketching directly on a display seems more efficient, but it would also be a learned skill for many creatives, most of whom are accustomed to using Wacom peripherals to accomplish tasks built into the Studio itself. And forget even the stark hardware differences; there’s also the matter of luring Apple-ensconced professionals over to another operating system altogether.


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Is Your Hoverboard A Fashion Accessory?

Many people have labeled and categorized these “hoverboards” differently, whatever it is people call them, we would like to emphasize that your hoverboard is actually a self balancing scooter. At Vecaro we believe that not only are they a transportation device but they are also a fashion accessory/ wearable technology.

As a member of the Vecaro Team I am provided with a variety of hoverboards. I use my hoverboard to commute to places that are too long to walk to but too short for a car ride. As I ride my hoverboard around the city I get A LOT of attention on it, not to mention the fact that I always match my self balancing scooter to my outfit, people always seem to ask me about the hoverboard and don’t mention anything else I’m wearing. Whether I’m wearing the latest YEEZYS, Apple Watch, Beats by Dre headphones, people seem to always compliment my Hoverboard the most. We would like to put forward the notion that these boards can be considered a fashion accessory.

As we expand our Brand we will bringing in different products that will compliment your lifestyle, we would like to always keep fashion and elegance as one of our Brand’s themes. Please let us know how you feel about a self balancing scooter being categorized as fashion accessories/ wearable technology.

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Self Balancing Scooter Update

Recently the US International Trade Commission banned the import of most all hoverboards into the US. While Segway’s complaint specifically named 13 companies that it says were infringing upon its patents. The ban is apparently only against smart balance boards with handle bars and not against the boards that are like the ones that we here at Vecaro carry that do not have a handlebar or user support element. This difference of not having a user support system is enough of a difference between the current “hoverboards” and the personal transports that Segway’s patents are for.

While the litigation may slow the future import of hoverboards like the ones that we carry this does not seem to mark the end of their import and sale inside the US. While it is not banned because of a patent, a lot of these hoverboard manufacturers are being blocked at customs for an entirely different reason, the use of cheap or imitation parts. This means that some manufacturers in China are not using genuine batteries or certified chargers with their boards. While this does save some money in their production it leads to unsafe smartboards that can easily overheat and catch fire. So now US Customs is checking to make sure that the boards that it does allow through have all the proper certifications. They opened up our self balancing scooter to check that the certifications that are provided are accurate.

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From Skateboarding to Hoverboarding

Skateboarding has been my life for well over 15 years. From street skating to vert all the way to the urban dogtown style of longboarding. I have always felt the desire to try anything that rolls or resembles skateboarding in any way. This includes offroad monster skateboards, razors, engine powered skateboards and etcetera. Once hoverboards were introduced to us, I was very interested just to say the least. Although I must say as a fan of Back to the Future, when I first saw a hoverboard I was expecting it to float, is basically just a self balancing electric scooter….but that is besides the point.

About a week ago I was at a friend’s house that happened to have a hoverboard. Without hesitation I asked if I could head out and try out the board. I didn’t think much about how I would approach the board as I figured, “Hey I am a experienced skater, this is second nature,” I stepped on the board and immediately started wobbling around like a complete moron. It was NOT what I had expected at all. There was a weird balancing feel to it that I simply was not comfortable with. It took me at least 4 times before I could ride straight while doing it on purpose.

After about 10 minutes in I was VERY at ease with the board. I felt the board and I were one. It was wonderful; the experience of doing something new is always something I look forward too. I probably rode that hoverboard for over an hour that day, Riding down hills, swerved pavements, and even trying some random “tricks” that left me sore the next day from not knowing how to properly fall at the time.

I encourage all of you to give it a try, and if not hoverboards then something else new. Go out today and be adventurous. You will be happy you did.

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Say hello to the HoverCart

We at Vecaro recently came across a new accessory for hoverboards that we thought was awesome! It is called the HoverCart and is made by BoatsToGo. It is an aluminum frame with a set of back wheels that can be attached to your hoverboard and a lawn chair to create a sitting down riding experience, and it is still controlled with just your feet. They even put out a video of it in action!! (which you can check out below.) The HoverCart can go anywhere that a hoverboard can go.

The HoverCart can even be used as a trailer to pull along things like a water cooler. Imagine going to the beach, don’t worry the HoverCart can go across packed sand, with the family instead of having to carry a cooler full of supplies you just attach the cart to the hoverboard and you, your wife or if you’re worried about looking silly even one of your kids can pull it along behind them as they ride down to the beach from the car saving your back and arms some trouble.

While hoverboards are rather limited on where they can go physically and now even being more limited as to where you can use them by law. These increases in restrictions are helping to increase ingenuity in some people in order to be able to come up with new accessories and ways to use these devices. Hopefully as the cheap and unsafe boards are being weeded out of the market by those same increases we will see even more cool innovations and then maybe one day they will be allowed to be used in some of those same places that had previously banned them, like airports. I could see this HoverCart being very useful in an airport. Although storage on a plane does currently pose a problem but who knows what will be thought of next? We here at Vecaro are excited to find out!

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