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ZBoard - Weight-Sensing Skateboard

By: on June 16, 2012
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Like the RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle, the electric, weight-sensing ZBoard won't drop mandibles with its gravity-defying tricks or blow off toupees with its unearthly speeds. But it will make for a simple, significantly less nerdy way (greetings, makers of Segway) to commute short distances without requiring a shower or heavy dousing of Sex Panther Cologne upon reaching one's final destination.

Were I to have moderately adept balancing and proprioception skills, riding the ZBoard would be as simple as leaning forward on its deck's front sensory foot pad to go, and leaning back on the other end's pad to stop. Pad design allows the mechanisms to evaluate a rider's weight/force application, and send the information to a micro-controller, which then speeds up or slows down the 400W electric motor attached to the board's underside. Acceleration and deceleration vary entirely accordingly to one's ability to exhibit bodily control. Again, had I any bodily control, the ZBoard would zip me safely from home to up to 5 miles from home at a max speed of 15 mph.

ZBoards can battle small to mid-range uphill slopes--think commercial parking garage inclines--and their regenerative braking system also provides for stopping on downhills. Though riding in the rain and through puddles is deterred, the board will navigate wet pavement without losing traction. Other specs:

  • Range: 5 miles for the Classic, 10 miles for the Pro model
  • Deck length: 40"
  • Deck width: 9.5"
  • Weight: 37 pounds Classic, 30 pounds Pro
  • Battery charge time: 5 hours
  • Battery life: 250 charges Classic (sealed lead acid battery), 500+ charges Pro (lithium ion battery)

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Sick in the Head: The 10 Coolest Motorcycle Helmets

Some people say you're sick in the head for riding a motorcycle. I say you're sick in the head if you're wearing one of these motorcycle helmets. And I mean it in the very, very best sense of the word. Here are my picks...

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RYNO One Wheel Motorcycle

$5,295 from RYNO Motors »

Ever wanted to pop a perpetual wheelie? Well get ready, 'cause RYNO Motors is in production and set for the 2012 US release of two tiers of its self-balancing, single-wheeled, shit-stirring beast of a motorcycle. OK...

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Hoverbike

$50k from Hoverbike »

The Hoverbike is what happens when one really wants to be a superhero, but really needs to figure out a way to more efficiently herd cattle. Aussie Chris Malloy has created a prototype for this motorcycle-helicopter hybrid...

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The WalkCar - Laptop-Sized Super Car

$1,280 from Cocoa Motors »

Tokyo-based Cocoa Motors refers to its forthcoming WalkCar personal transporter as "the world's smallest car," and a "laptop-sized super car," and are you thinking what I'm thinking? Was something lost in translation...

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Boba Fett Motorcycle Helmet

Unlike a few selections in this slideshow of sick motorcycle helmets, you can probably wear HJC's new RPHA 11 Boba Fett helmet without getting laughed off the road (it's an obvious, but not over-the-top Star Wars circus...

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Cyclotron Spokeless Smart Bicycle

$1,125 - $3,038 from Cyclotron Cycles »

For all the Sam Flynns out there who need more exercise, you'll soon be able to trade in your electric Light Cycles for pedal-powered Cyclotrons on your joyrides and daily commutes. The self-described "Future of Cycling"...

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Bird of Prey Bicycle

$4,200 from Bird of Prey »

I didn't think the foam helmets and seizure-inducing neon spandex could look any more ridiculous rolling down the road, yelling at cars to get out of their lane, and then cutting into traffic at will when it suits them...

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Litelok Flexible Bike Lock

$109.87 - $206.82 from Litelok »

Flexible, lightweight, and inordinately strong, the Litelok could have been a gymnast, but decided to take the more practical professional route of becoming an anti-theft bodyguard for bicycles. The gold-rated bike lock...

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ONDA Cycle

ONDA terms itself a recumbent stunt bike/trike that can also be used to commute to work. Commute to work? What am I, the imp from Game of Thrones? Cee Lo Green? I'm not willingly placing a 3-foot-high version of myself...

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Bike Mine Exploding Anti-Theft Alarm

$71 from Kickstarter »

Bike Mine is a thing that makes you go boommm! At least if you're a dirty thief trying to make off with a dude's bicycle or motorcycle (or boat or jet ski if you live the kind of high rollin' life where that's a risk.)...

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Hovertrax Auto-Balancing Transporter

$995 from Inventist »

The Hovertrax has no learning curve and requires no skills to use, which is good because you can bet that if I'm too lazy to walk myself down the street or hallway, I am definitely too lazy to learn how to use a complex...

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Rungu Electric Juggernaut

By: Rungu »

Remember the Juggernaut Bullfrog Fat Trike? Now it's even fatter. And croaks way louder. To their extra-thick, triple-wheeled, all-terrain, no-BS monster, Rungu has added a 2,100-watt motor and Hi-Power Cycles controller....