The KO-X 'all-terrain' hoverboard promises to take a beating without exploding

Been holding off on buying a hoverboard until they stop blowing up and burning down houses? Now might be the time to strike. Juan Contreras, CEO and founder of Kiwano, says his new KO-X hoverboard doesn’t have this issue. How? Simple: he just uses parts from a trustworthy, reliable supplier. Unlike all the cheap and hastily-manufactured boards that seem to be flowing out of China, Kiwano’s boards are equipped with high-quality electronics (and most importantly, batteries) from Samsung.

According to Contreras, the Samsung batteries and circuits should work much better than parts from other companies, and he claims his hoverboard is the first to be powered by Samsung parts, helping it surpass the build quality of some other products.

He may have a point. Poor build quality has been a major criticism of hoverboards to date, and using parts from Samsung could certainly help alleviate that problem.

Contreras isn’t just building the hoverboard to be strong for the sake of it, either. He claims that his KO-X hoverboard is one of the first all-terrain hoverboards in the world, able to navigate not only the streets of a city, but also take you across sand and other reasonably flat terrains. All this at a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour.

Aside from being a self-balancing scooter, however, Kiwano also claims that the hoverboard is the first to connect to your smartphone, allowing users to track things like speed, distance, and battery. It’s even got a built-in speaker, so you can listen to sweet tunes while you’re hoverboarding to the beach.

Some hoverboards on the market are well over $1,000, but this one sits at only $400 for a “limited time”, after which it will go back to being a cool $800. Still not more than some others that might not even allow you to annoy people with your thrash metal as you speed through the streets.


These age brackets admit to the most distracted driving

A new study from Liberty Mutual shows that Western Europeans are slightly better than Americans at avoiding distracted driving, but nearly everyone has used their phones while behind the wheel.
Smart Home

The best pet tech products on the market for dog and cat owners

Pet-centric tech has come a long way in the past decade. From self-cleaning litter boxes to DNA tests designed to trace your pup's ancestry through the ages, here is some of the best pet tech available.

Snag this fantastic unlocked Samsung Galaxy A9 for $100 less on Amazon

Samsung has given the public a wide range of phone models that span from the dirt cheap to the high-end. One of its mid-tier offerings is the Galaxy A9, a premium looking phone with lots of nifty features. Get it for $347 on Amazon.
Product Review

A luxurious Chromebook? Asus' new 2-in-1 will surprise you

The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is a very well-built and attractive laptop for its price. It’s more than fast enough for Chrome OS, has a great keyboard and touchpad, and offers all-day battery life.
Emerging Tech

The U.S. Army is developing A.I. missiles that can choose their own targets

The U.S. military wants to equip itself with a new type of artificial intelligence-guided missile, which will use A.I. smarts to pursue its targets. Prototypes will be shown off in 2021.

UPS partners with TuSimple to test self-driving semi-trucks

UPS has been carrying truckloads of goods in self-driving semi-trucks since May. The vehicles are being tested in Arizona routes between Phoenix and Tucson for better service and efficiency for UPS delivery.
Emerging Tech

Astro the dog-inspired quadruped robot can sit, lie down, and… learn?

Move over Spot! Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have built a new dog robot called Astro. Thanks to deep learning technology, it promises to be able to learn just like a real dog.
Health & Fitness

We spit in a ton of test tubes to find the best and most unique DNA tests

DNA tests aren’t just limited to ancestry. You can test for your risks for certain diseases, the best workouts and diets for your health and fitness, and more.
Emerging Tech

Artificial tree promises to suck up as much air pollution as a small forest

Startup Biomitech has developed an artificial tree that it claims is capable of sucking up as much air pollution as 368 real trees. It could be a game-changer for cities with limited free space.
Emerging Tech

Mars 2020 rover now has a rotating array of drill bits for sampling Martian rock

Most the key components in the Mars 2020 rover are installed and ready to go. The next phase of construction was to install the bit carousel, an important mechanism for the gathering and sorting of samples from the Martian surface.
Emerging Tech

NASA selects landing site candidates for OSIRIS-Rex to sample asteroid Bennu

Last year, the OSIRIS-REx craft arrived at asteroid Bennu, from which it will collect a sample from the asteroid to be brought back to Earth. Now, the NASA team has selected four potential sites to choose from for the sampling mission.
Emerging Tech

NASA wants to send two more missions to Mars to collect rock samples

With its Mars 2020 mission, NASA hopes to collect samples from the surface of the planet. The challenge is how to get those samples back to Earth. Now, NASA has revealed its plans for two followup missions to Mars.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Racing drones and robotic ping pong trainers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Eric Geusz: Apple engineer by day, spaceship designer by night

An Apple software engineer by day, artist Eric Geusz spends his nights drawing everyday household objects as amazing, science fiction-style spaceships. Check out the impressive results.