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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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