New terminology suggested by the Peacemaker Foundation
The new inventions are great, but our names for them are not. Here are some suggested names:
Electric wheel or eWheel (electric self balancing “unicycle” such as the Solowheel)
Electric Foot Scooter (Self-balancing Dual Motor Electric Foot Scooter such as Hovertrax)
LPT (Lightweight Portable/Personal Transport: transport involving devices that can be easily carried)
Transportable (Portable transport tool)
If you can think of better names then please comment or get in touch.
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Word File: Electric Wheels Compared (February 2015)
Gold medal: Solowheel Orbit and Solowheel Extreme each are the winners in three categories, but they are also the most expensive.
Silver medal: Firewheel and Rockwheel also do quite well with each one winning in two categories. Hovertrax wins two categories as well but loses in four – just depends which categories are more important for you.
Bronze medal: What do you reckon? Perhaps Freeman A4.
Update: Recently a very promising and popular eWheel has been the Gotway which will certainly appear in the next edition of this table.
Personally I like the electric foot scooters because they’re easier to learn (apparently) so I bought Hovertrax which is great fun and very well built although it lacks stability at speed and only works well on smooth surfaces. If you have enough money and you value patent ethics you might wish to buy from Inventist seeing as they hold the patents. Furthermore, as of January 2015 the Solowheels generally gets the best reviews, such as on Amazon.
Great Electric Wheel Videos
I’ve looked around so you don’t have to. Here are some links to some great videos.
Fantastic review of Solowheel, Hovertrax, Phunkeeduck & the zBoard Pro. Also shows how important it is to ride carefully!
Fun advert for the solowheel
The Solowheel in London
Fun advert for Ninebot 1
Super slick super cool ad for Ninebot 1
Fun advert for IPS F400
Airwheel Mail Delivery
More Airwheel stunts
Foot Scooter videos
Chic-smart video from Korea