A CES mainstay returns with something new.

Future Motion unveiled the original Onewheel prototype at CES in 2014, and the final production version at CES in 2015. So it’s only fitting that the company just introduced a new version of this weird little self-balancing electric skateboard — the Onewheel+ — here at CES 2017.

For the unfamiliar, the Onewheel is one of the progenitors of the sometimes self-balancing electric rideable movement. It’s essentially a slab of wood and metal with a cutout in the middle where a wheel — yes, one wheel — and some motors allow you to drive around on streets, sidewalks, and grass.

The new Onewheel+ is supposed to have a faster top speed of 19 miles per hour, a quieter and smoother-performing motor, and can tackle hills better, according to Future Motion. It’s available now for $1,499 and ships in February.

The company says all of the improvements should also make the thing easier to ride which, considering the unique design, will be a good thing. You’ve likely never ridden anything like a Onewheel, and that can complicate things. It’s also the reason Future Motion is extremely protective of the intellectual property surrounding its flagship product; last year at CES, the company called in the US Marshals to remove a Chinese company’s products from the show floor because, according to Future Motion, the Chinese company had infringed on the Onewheel patents.

Via: The Verge

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/4/14149834/onewheel-plus-electric-skateboard-ces-2017

 

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