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A HOVERBOARD (or hover board) is a fictional levitating board used for personal transportation, first described by author M. K. Joseph in 1967 and popularized by the Back to the Future film franchise. Hoverboards are generally depicted as resembling a skateboard without wheels. During the 1990s there were rumors, fueled by director Robert Zemeckis, that hoverboards were in fact real, but not marketed because they were deemed too dangerous by parents' groups. These rumors have been conclusively debunked. The hoverboard concept has been used by many authors in various forms of media.

A SKATEBOARD is a type of sports equipment used primarily for the sport of skateboarding. It usually consists of a specially designed maplewood board combined with a polyurethane coating used for making smoother slides and stronger durability. Most skateboards are made with 7 plies of this wood.

A skateboard is moved by pushing with one foot while the other remains on the board, or by pumping one's legs in structures such as a bowl or half pipe. A skateboard can also be used by simply standing on the deck while on a downward slope and allowing gravity to propel the board and rider. If the rider's leading foot is their right foot, they are said to ride "goofy;" if the rider's leading foot is their left foot, they are said to ride "regular." If the rider is normally regular but chooses to ride goofy, they are said to be riding in "switch," and vice versa. A skater is typically more comfortable pushing with their back foot; choosing to push with the front foot is commonly referred to as riding "mongo", and has negative connotations of style and effectiveness in the skateboarding community.

An ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD is a personal transporter based on a skateboard. The speed is controlled by a hand-held throttle or weight-shifting and the direction of travel is adjusted by tilting the board to one side or the other.

A SELF-BALANCING TWO-WHEELED BOARD or scooter is a portable, rechargeable battery-powered vehicle. It consists of two wheels arranged side-by-side, joined by two small platforms on which the rider stands, and an internal balancing mechanism. The device is controlled by the rider's feet on built-in gyroscopic, sensored platforms. The board first debuted in China, but became popular in the United States after numerous celebrity appearances with the device in 2015. There is no universally accepted name for the device, as its various product names are attributable to the companies which distribute it, not its Chinese manufacturers.

The board is a Chinese invention but the fast pace of the Chinese manufacturing industry makes it difficult to pinpoint which company was the first to manufacture the device. According to Wired's David Pierce, the device was likely invented as the "Smart S1" by Chic Robotics, a Chinese technology company associated with Zhejiang University, founded in 2013. The company released the Smart S1, in August 2014, and the device was a huge success at the 2014 Canton Fair trade show. Chic Robotic patented technologies associated with the board, but due to China's lax patent enforcement, the product was illicitly copied by several Chinese manufacturers.

As of June 2015, the board is made by about five copycat manufacturers in China – a pattern common in the country's technology and industrial sector. The copies vary greatly in price and quality, and may exhibit various defects. Some newer boards have incorporated Bluetooth speakers, allowing the driver to play music from speakers underneath the board. The founders of PhunkeeTree first encountered the board at the Hong Kong Electronics Show, in 2014. The company gave one board to Kendall Jenner, who posted a video of her riding the board on Instagram. The video became a viral hit on social media, which led to other celebrities asking PhunkeeTree for free samples.

The device's increasing popularity in Western countries has been attributed, in part, to celebrities being recorded riding, performing on or amusingly falling off it. These include the entertainment figures Justin Bieber, Jamie Foxx, Kendall Jenner, Chris Brown, Soulja Boy and Wiz Khalifa among others.

The SEGWAY PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition. PT is an abbreviation for personal transporter.

Computers, sensors, and electric motors in the base of the Segway PT keep the device upright when powered on with balancing enabled. The rider commands the PT to go forward or backward by shifting their weight forward or backward on the platform. The PT uses gyroscopic sensors and accelerometer-based leveling sensors to detect the resulting changes in its pitch angle and, to maintain balance, it drives its wheels forward or backward as needed to return its pitch to upright. In the process, the rider establishes and then maintains a desired speed by modulating the extent and duration of their fore/aft weight shifts. To turn and steer, the rider shifts the handlebar to the left or right. The PT responds by adjusting the speeds of the wheels in opposite directions causing the PT to yaw and, if not traveling forward or backward, turn in place. At speed, the amount of shift of the handlebar corresponds to the amount of left or right lean required by the rider to balance themselves on the platform during a turn. Segway PTs can reach a speed of 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).

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  • Acton Blink S: US$399.
  • Acton Blink S - "Disconnect from the virtual world with 7 miles of uninterrupted freedom."
  • Boosted Plus: US$1,422.62.
  • Boosted Boards - "The Next Generation of Boosted Boards." Boosted is on a mission to make cities feel smaller, campuses more accessible, and commutes enjoyable. Our boards are designed and built to handle the rigors of daily use while offering an exhilarating ride with unparalleled power and control. Whether you are an experienced rider or a complete newbie, learning to ride a Boosted board is simple, intuitive, and just straight-up fun.
  • Inboard M1: US$1,198.
  • Inboard Technology - since 2015. "Inboard Technology is changing last mile transportation, starting with the Inboard M1 electric skateboard."
  • Mellow Drive: US$2,299.95.
  • Mellow Drive - "The Mellow Drive 2018 comes with everything you need to convert an existing skateboard or longboard into an electric skateboard. Simply remove your back truck and replace it with the Mellow Drive."
  • Swagtron Spectra Pro: US$999.99.
  • Swagtron - since 2015. "#RideBeyond." Kid Friendly Electric Skateboards.
  • Best High-End Hoverboards
  • ArcaBoard: US$19,900 - The first real hoverboard.
  • Arca Board - "Revolution in Motion." Experience what you've always dreamed of. Ride across any terrain or water with the vehicle that was virtually impossible, until today. Do what you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. Each time you ride the ArcaBoard you will find yourself at the center of a new exhilarating experience.
  • Bluefin 6.5-inch Classic Hoverboard Swegway in Gold Chrome: £279.
  • Bluefin - since 2013. "The 6.5? Classic is the most popular model in the Bluefin Swegway range. It is the ultimate all-round board available on the market and suitable for all ages, from 8 years old through to adults."
  • Drifter With Kart By HOVERBOARD: £339.99.
  • Hoverboard - "The only UK company to provide UL certified Hoverboards. Designed with Samsung or LG batteries." All models.
  • IO Hawk Cross.
  • IO HAWK - "Intelligent Personal Mobility Devices."
  • Onewheel XR: US$1,799.
  • Onewheel - since 2013. "Motorized Euphoria."
  • PhunkeeDuck MONSTER: US$699.99.
  • PhunkeeDuck - "#1 Best Invention of 2015."
  • Razor Hovertrax 2.0: US$459.99.
  • Razor Hovertrax 2.0 - "Nirvana on wheels."
  • Smart F1 Hoverboard + Bluetooth Speakers + Lights + App: US$559.
  • Smart Hoverboards - "As a professional & stable hoverboard manufacturer and supplier, the hoverboards that we sell are of a solid construction, made with high quality components and use a stable UL Certified Samsung battery, All of which ensure you get the best quality hoverboard for a competitive price. All hoverboards come with Remote or App, Bluetooth, Speakers and Bag."
  • Swagtron T3 hoverboard: US$349.99.
  • Swagtron - since 2015. "#RideBeyond." Hoverboards, Scooters & Skateboards.
  • WhiteHummer 8.5-inch Swegway X-Trail + Bluetooth + Bag: £289.99.
  • Swegway-Pro - "The Original Swegway Hoverboard Shop."
  • Miscellaneous Personal Transporters
  • Ninebot Mini Pro.
  • Ninebot - "Fancy a Smarter Commute? Choose Ninebot." Ninebot is the leader in the 21st Century’s new hype of Personal Transportation. It’s battery-powered emission-free engine combined with the latest Bluetooth connection technology makes you feel connected in every way. A fusion of sophisticated software and several highly mechanical components, Ninebot boasts a simple, intuitive riding experience!
  • Swagtron Swagger 5 Folding Electric Scooter: US$399.99.
  • Swagtron - since 2015. "#RideBeyond." Electric Scooters.
  • Xiaomi M365 Folding Electric Scooter: US$468.89.
  • Xiaomi M365 Folding Electric Scooter - E-ABS Technology / Kinetic Energy Recovery System / Cruise Control Function / Intelligent BMS.
  • Xiaomi N4M340 Ninebot Plus Electric Self Balancing Scooter: US$835.11.
  • Xiaomi N4M340 Ninebot Plus Electric Self Balancing Scooter - 11-inch with Wear-resistant Dual Wheels.
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