Why walk when you can roll? For short-range commuters, technophile thrill-seekers, and the just plain lazy, Acton Inc. has invented a motorized skate that turns any sneaker into your own miniature Segway. Debuting on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, “Spnkix” (pronounced “spin kicks”) is a reinforced nylon frame that straps onto your shoe, imbuing it with the ability to sally forth at up to 10 miles per hour—just a tick slower than its 2-foot-tall counterpart—without streaming a cloud of noxious emissions in its wake.
JUST ROLL WITH IT
Spnkix first appeared in February on Kickstarter, where it almost tripled its funding goal of $25,000 with 23 days to spare. The brainchild of industrial designer Peter Treadway, a graduate of the illustrious Rhode Island School of Design, the contraption packs the same microtechnology found in smartphones, laptops, and radio-controlled cars. The rechargeable lithium battery, which takes a couple of hours to juice up, is good for two to three miles on a single charge.
Each Spnkix kit comes with a wireless remote that straps onto your hand, allowing you to adjust the throttle of your wheels.
Each Spnkix kit comes with a wireless remote that straps onto your hand, allowing you to adjust the throttle of your wheels with a nudge. And if you’re not as coordinated as you used to be, Acton throws in a set of removable training wheels, which means you can take all the baby steps you need before you glide off into the sunset.
The first units, estimated to cost $649 per pair, are set to roll out—so to speak—sometime in March.