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Ok, Okay now; first off, while these motorized skates are NOT actually powered by rockets, the name alone gives you the image of what these babies can do! Recently launched on Kickstarter, Acton’s RocketSkates contain four hub motors and can help you get your Sonic The Hedgehog-on at speeds up to 12 miles per hour. Plus, the RocketSkates don’t need a remote to operate; similar to your run-of-the-mill skates, these motorized godsends allow you to zoom along your local sidewalk hands-free.
The RocketSkates allow you to simply strap it on any pair of shoes you’re wearing — and it even comes with a large or small foot plate, depending on the size of your feet — and you decide which foot will act as your lead skate (which tells the other skate what to do). After powering them on and start rolling to let the motors start-up, if you want to accelerate, simply tilt forward; to slow down, simply tilt back on your heels. Acton’s co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Peter Treadway notes that the skates might take a little while to get used to, but it’s entirely possible for new skaters to find it fairly simple to learn.
The RocketSkates contain an onboard microprocessor in each skate that are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that take roughly 90 minutes to charge. They also come with an Android and iOS companion app that tells you how far you’ve traveled, mileage, your skates’ battery life, and can track your route, via Bluetooth. There will be three models available around this September at three prices (but you can save about $100-200 if you donate to the Kickstarter and help them reach their $50,000 goal):
The R-6 ($499); same price as the SDK developers unit) lasts for 45 minutes or 6 miles and comes in “Rocket Red”;
The R-8 ($599) lasts for 70 minutes or 8 miles and comes in “Titanium Chrome”;
The R-10 ($699) lasts for 90 minutes or 10 miles and is available in “Deep Space Black.”