Unless you’ve been vacationing on another planet, you’ve probably heard about Segways. If you always stay ahead of the curve, the newer hands free Segway – the Hoverboard, has no doubt crossed your radar screen.
Hoverboard it’s an entirely different, innovative mode of transportation on its own. Let’s take a look at similarities and differences between the two.
Hands free pleasure
When you think of Segway glides, you may think of a serious, sedate machine that’s most often used by municipal police, security and big city tourists. And you’d be right. Segways have specialized models for four major categories of users: consumers, business, law enforcement and robotics mobility platforms.
The robotics mobility platforms aren’t actually ridden. On the other hand, a hands free Segway is dedicated to consumer use and mainly designed to be agile for ultimate fun.
The original Segways also come with big boy prices, which depend on the model that you choose.
Hoverboards, the new kids on the block, come with more affordable price tags that make them accessible, for the rest of us to own and enjoy.
The traditional Segways are the big boys in more than just cost. At more than a hundred for even the lightest one up to about a quarter of a ton for a larger ones, this one is not one that most owners would want to throw over their shoulder in a carry bag.
However, the Hoverboard, is about 1/20th of that weight, so many can pick it up with one hand. It fits nicely into a form-fitting carry bag just for that purpose. Segway’s footprint is wider, about 19 in. by 25 in.
Visually, Segways are very different from Hoverboards. The first thing that you’ll probably notice is that the Hoverboards don’t have a steering column with attached handle, so they look like only the bottom part of the Segway – the business end. Although both scooters are “self-balancing,” the Hoverboard especially appeals to the skateboard crowd, as they are balancing without hanging on to something with their hands.
Both transpo machines move and turn by the rider’s shifting weight. The Segway rider leans forward to move forward and leans back for reverse. To turn the Segway, the rider pushes left or right on the handlebars.
The Hoverboard rider puts pressure on the toes to move forward and on the heels to go in reverse and shifts weight toward the left or right foot to turn.
With Hoverboard you can ride along about 10 mph. You’ll go a lot faster with the Segway, right? Actually, no. They go just a couple of miles per hour faster. With both, you can go a maximum of about 20 miles before recharging. Some Swagways can recharge themselves while going downhill!