What is Hoverboard ?
Hoverboards are one of the most popular & hottest holiday gifts in 2015. Ebay reportedly sold more than 5,000 units on Black Friday. So, what is hoverboard ?
Well, let's get stated with google.com...........
And type "What is hoverboard ?", then go with search!!!!
#1 Google "What is hoverboard ? "
Well, we got tons of results, but seems the second one is that what we are looking for...
OK, Whatever, let's make a try with google trends on the key word of "hoverboard"
There we go...
1.1 Google Trands
Well, this trends really did informed a lot information.
First is that the hoverboard business boosting in the year of 2015!
But it seems that the industrial broken down by the end of the year.
Must because of hoverboard fired & exploded events and reports!!!!!
Well, let's go further with where are the hoverboards hottest.
1.2 Hoverboard Hottest
We can notice that hoverboards are hottest in countries like:
- United State
With the above google results, we have some basic view of hoverboard & it's business now.
Now let's dig further into to second results for what is hoverboard on wiki.
Here we go.......
#2 Wiki "Hoverboard"
Before we go though with "Hoverboard", we first click into the second results of google on " what is hoverboard ?"
Because it seems that our answering is right there!!!!
2.1 Wiki " Self-balancing scooter"
Well, seems that we are in the right site with the very info. that we looking for....
- Self-balancing two wheeled board
- Platforms between the wheels
- Controlled by the rider's feet
- Widely popular in the United State in 2015
It's what we see some body hovering on the street and think that hoverboard is!!!
Is it that ?
Let's make a try with keyworkd "hoverboard" on Wiki
2.2 Wiki " Hoverboard "
From the result, we can notice that wiki offer us a big different answering on "Hoverboard" compare with google, which wiki had been go with:
- A fictional levitating board used for personal transportation
- First described by M. K. Joseph in 1967
- Resembling a skateboard without wheels
So next time you see some body hovering around on a two wheeled design transportation, you should call it "Self-balancing scooter" or " Hoverboard scooter".
#3 Hoverboard Scooter(Self-balancing scooter)
In 2014, several such devices appeared in China, and by 2015, they became widely popular in the United States, Australia, Russia & ect.
We seems got our answering now, but I do not want to stop here, let's heading forward...
3.1 Components inside
Let’s take a look at what’s under the hood of a self-balancing scooter.
Here we comes the main feature components:
- A steel frame with a central pivot
- A logic board
- Two gyroscopes
- Two infrared sensors
- Two electric motors (located inside the wheels)
- Two tilt/speed sensors (located inside the wheels)
- Charging port
- Power switch
- A battery pack
- LED lights
- Pressure pads
- A plastic shell
3.2 How did they work ?
The self-balance scooter(hoverboard scooter) wheels motor themselves with it's build-in electric motor.
The electric motor in wheels contain a tilt and speed sensor.
The sensors detects the rpm (revolutions per minute) of the individual wheel, and sends it to the gyroscope and speed control boards.
Let's check a video produced by Johnny Amicci, which can help us go through with what's inside the wheels.
When you leaning on your hoverboard, the tilt sensors in the wheels tell the gyroscopes how far forward you’re leaning.
Then the gyroscopes relay this information to the logic board.
The more you’re leaning forward, the faster the logic board tells the motors to spin, to sort of “catch up” with your center of gravity.
This mechanism allows you to control the cruising speed of the scooter with your weight.
3.2 Where are they Assembling ?
Most hoverboard scooters(Self-balancing scooters) are assembling in China.
So do not be fooled by USA, Canada made hoverboard scooter or something like that.
A balancing scooter supposed to assembling with solid components, here are some main:
- Samsung Battery or UL Listed Battery
- Taotao Mother Board(Logic Board)
- Hanghong Motors
The good battery solution can prevent you from fire or explode.
The good logic board means longer service life and better riding experience.
The great motor will make your board more powerful.
3.3 Hoverboard Scooters on Amazon
Regard of info. of 3.2, we now know that two-wheeled self balance hoverboards that sell on Amazon are all China made, but brands host by USA or Canada's companies.
3.4 Why are they so hot ?
Quality & Safety Issues
Since the whole hoverboard scooter business boost sharply and unexpectedly, it brings quality and safety issues.
Tons of news reported by CNN on hoverboards fired & exploded in end of 2015.
First report on killed by hoverboard in UK.
United Kingdom & USA governments released laws on restrict the products hovering on the street.
Hoverboard (or hover board) is a fictional levitating board used for personal transportation.
- It's a levitating board!!!!!
- It's for personal transportation......
The Lux hoverboard looks more real!
Let's check what The Verge say on it.
A self-balancing scooter or self-balancing two-wheeled board,commonly referred to as a "hoverboard scooter", is a type of portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooter.
- Consist of two wheels arranged side-by-side
- Portable, rechargeable battery-powered
The following image will told you what exactly hoverobard is!!!!
Let's check with the following hoverboard scooter's youtube reviews for more detail....A LA
Back to the Future
In "Back to the Future", Marty escaped from the local gangsters with a hoverboad, wu la, let's check the youtube video to see what was happened there.....
Why hoverboard so hot ?
In 2015, hoverboard scooters economic explosive growth sharply & unexpectedly. Kids are dying to have a hoverboard, why ?
Justin Bieber is a big fans of hoverboard too.
One of greatest Youtube video maker, he got tons of views with his hoverboard videos...
Casey on hoverboard
Casey's hoverboard video
There are lots of hoverboards available on the market, but they are mostly coming with 6.5 inch, 8 inch & 10 inch.
So, how to make a make a choice while buying a hoverboard ?
- 6.5 Inch hoverboard
6.5 Inch hoverboard is the hottest size in end of 2015 for it's lighter, great for kids and classical design.
The 6.5 inch hoverboard is best flexible for young kids, lower price & easier control.
6.5 inch hoverboards are workable for whole age range kids. But recommanded for kids with 6-9 years old.
- 8 Inch hoverboard
8 inch hoverboard is a bigger size than 6.5 inch hoverboards. Bigger wheels diemeter means hovering faster, more stable in pave ground.
The large diemeter will also give the riders a higher viewing angle. Which means while your height is 165cm only, but you have 185cm viewing angle on hoverboard.
Inspite of a little bit heavier, 8 inch hoverboard is recommanding for range of 9-12 years old kids. With this age range, kids mostly can handle with these hottest toys.
- 10 Inch hoverobard
10 inch hoverboard is the biggest size that available on the market.
It's recommanded for age of 13 or above. The 10 inch wheels can bring the highest viewing level.
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