Solowheel and Hovertrax from the Inventist

hovertraxToday’s review is of two new, cool gadgets that will propel you around and get you where you are going in style!  These were items that Mark came across at CES.  Next year, I’m going with him so I can experience all these cool things firsthand.

Hovertrax is like a light-weight, “look-Ma-no-hands” Segway! I could see people on the college campuses in our area riding around on these.  That is, if they want to pay $995 for one.  The Hovertrax goes 5 mph and will get you 8 miles before you have to charge it for 45 minutes.  This item is due to come out this year.

solowheelAnother thing that can move you at is the Solowheel.  If you have a little more money to spend($1595), you can ride this motorized unicycle without a seat around town, or around campus, too!  It’s a bit faster than Hovertrax- between 10 and 12 mph.  It runs for about 10 miles, and will need to charge for 3 to 5 hours after that.  The weight of the Solowheel is 24.25 lbs, and will hold up to 220 lbs.  It is supposed to be good for your core and balance.  When they reviewed it on the show “The Doctors,” the new rider reported it as being quite a workout, and, of course, it takes a little practice to be able to control it.

Solowheel Extreme promises higher efficiency in power, more sleek,an LED light for nighttime riding, and built-in Bluetooth capabilities. Apps for smartphones, tablets and watches will be available in the near future. The Solowheel Extreme is more expensive at $2,295. You can pre-order this item, and order all other items at The Inventist website.

Clip-Air combines the best of land and air travel

clip-airIn transportation, one of the things that hinders travelers from going from Point A to Point B is the time it takes to load and unload transports. Think of all the time wasted with connecting flights, and constantly getting on and off buses and trains.

Imagine if you could use Clip-Air, which combines the best of air and land travel. You can see in the image a flying wing with three capsules, and it is imagined that such capsules could be train cars.

So what you do is take a train the airport, and then the train car itself will affix itself to the flying wing. Now, if only the train capsule could detach and take you to your final destination.

Holy gosh. This could change everything. Yeah, it is a good idea. Of course I like it, but all I can think about is what it would take to implement it, cost and labor. All commercial planes would have to be replaced with these flying wings, not to mention what would have to be done to the entire railroad industry.

Still, if you ever had to start the transportation system from the ground up, might I be the first to suggest this one? In the meantime, it will be alive in the pages of speculative fiction.