This mono-wheel skateboard boasts LED runner lights and built-in Bluetooth speakers

Just like Marty McFly predicted in 1985’s Back to the Future, 2015 has proven to be the year where it’s perfectly normal to see someone riding a hoverboard. With a slew of inventors intent on joining in on this gliding revolution —heck, even Lexus unveiled a “hoverboard” this year— one thing this unique industry has in spades is its diverse array of interesting concepts. The next in line? An electrically-powered skateboard that utilizes a Segway-like gyroscope to simulate the effect of hovering. Don’t worry though, this thing looks a whole hell of a lot cooler than a Segway. Trust us.

Designed and manufactured by the California-based startup Hoverboard Technologies and inventor Robert Bigler, this hoverboard closely resembles the look of a modern skateboard, with just a few glaring differences. For starters, the deck features one giant rubber wheel situated directly in the center — instead of two wheels at the front and back — and packs an internal motor capable of propelling the board to speeds upwards of 16 miles per hour. While riding, its built-in gyroscope allows users to balance on the board with their feet placed on either side of the wheel — though judging by TechCrunch’s hands-on with the hoverboard, this seems easier said than done.

In addition to its technical specs, the hoverboard also boasts customizable LED lighting, a built-in Bluetooth speaker, and LCD readouts to give you a heads up on any pertinent alerts. According to Bigler’s website, the board is also capable of charging in just 16 minutes and allows for a ride of around ten to twelve miles on a single charge. Considering the fact it weighs in at roughly 25 pounds, we think it’s safe to say running into a dead battery with this thing would be far from ideal.

hoverboards

Like anything native to the world of futuristic tech, this hoverboard definitely comes with its share of caveats. One of the first things any rider will notice after stepping foot on one (or attempting to step foot on one), is just how damn hard it is to stay balanced. With a learning curve the size of Everest, even those who do more than dabble in board sports should experience their fair share of stumbles while starting out. Bigler himself says “mastering the Hoverboard is getting to the point where it becomes completely natural,” though he admits getting to this point could range from “weeks to a lifetime to truly master.”

Though perhaps the board’s biggest disadvantage is the fact Bigler intends to set the starting price of his invention at a whopping $4,000 when it hits Kickstarter on September 17. According to Bigler’s interview with TechCrunch, he doesn’t seem to mind if his Kickstarter campaign fails and just plans on making a few boards for his friends and family if it doesn’t hit its goal. In other words, you have roughly two and a half months to somehow find a way to become Robert Bigler’s best friend.

Product Review

If you don't know about Genesis yet, the G70 is going to change that

The 2019 Genesis G70 is Korea’s first attempt to take on the vaunted German trio of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Competition doesn’t come much tougher than that.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Gaming

If we get a Nintendo 64 Classic, it needs to have these games

The Nintendo 64 introduced a long list of top-tier games, but which were the iconic platform's best? From Mario Party to Ocarina of Time to NFL Blitz, check out our picks for the best N64 games.
Emerging Tech

Lasers and bovine breathalyzer help determine how much methane cows produce

Cow farts and belches don't sound like catastrophic threats, but they contribute to the massive amounts of methane in the atmosphere. Recently, scientists set out to establish the numbers.
Emerging Tech

Researchers discover a way to make 3D printing 100 times faster using light

Researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a new method of 3D printing which is up to 100 times faster than conventional 3D-printing processes. Here's how it works and why it could prove a game-changer for 3D printing.
Emerging Tech

Yamaha’s new app lets you tune your motorcycle with a smartphone

It used to be that if you wanted to tune your motorcycle’s engine and tweak its performance, you needed specialized tools and even more specialized knowledge. Yamaha’s new Power Tuner app changes that.
Emerging Tech

Why wait? Here are some CES 2019 gadgets you can buy right now

Companies come to CES to wow us with their cutting edge technology, but only a few products are slated to hit the market right away. Here is our list of the best CES 2019 tech you can buy right now.
Emerging Tech

Drones: New rules could soon allow flights over people and at night

With commercial operators in mind, the U.S. government is looking to loosen restrictions on drone flights with a set of proposals that would allow the machines greater freedom to fly over populated areas and also at night.
Emerging Tech

Short film celebrates New Yorker’s amazing robot costumes

New York City resident Peter Kokis creates stunning robot costumes out of household trash. His designs are huge, heavy, and extremely intricate, and never fail to turn heads when he's out and about.
Emerging Tech

In a first for humankind, China is growing plants on the moon

Having recently landed a probe on the far side of the moon, China announced that it managed to grow the first plant on the moon, too. Here's why that matters for deep space travel.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Emerging Tech

Want to know which drones are flying near you? There’s an app for that

Want to know what that mysterious drone buzzing over your head is up to? A new system developed by AirMap, Google Wing, and Kittyhawk.io could soon tell you -- via a map on your phone.