Patreon Button for 1stAmender - Click to Donate!

For its next trick, Movpak's electric skateboard backpack will consume all gadgets

Evanvinh


Evanvinh

For its next trick, Movpak's electric skateboard backpack will consume all gadgets published by Evanvinh
Writer Rating: 2.6429
Posted on 2016-05-11
Writer Description: Evanvinh
This writer has written 733 articles.


The original Movpak, dubbed "the world's first backpack electric vehicle," missed its $100,000 funding goal on Kickstarter two years ago. Now it's back on Indiegogo with a more modest goal ($50,000) and a crazy amount of new functionality. As if building a backpack that converts into an electric skateboard wasn't whiz-bang enough, the new model pairs with your phone over Bluetooth, acts as a mic and speaker, has GPS tracking, headlights, and charges your other gadgets over USB. The new model also has a more reasonably sized remote control, and two motors instead of one for more oomph.

And let's remind ourselves again that this is a backpack with a slide-out electric skateboard in it. Or, I suppose you could say, an electric skateboard that stows itself in a backpack

Movpak has certainly built a working prototype of this thing, but can it really manufacture something this complicated for backers with $50,000? That sounds unlikely. The press release claims Movpak "disrupts" a $4 billion industry, as if commuting via electric skateboard with backpack attached is an idea whose time has come.

Which very well may be the case. Who am I to stand in the way of progress? Progress, rolling toward me at 20 mph, with a guy in a suit standing on an electric skateboard which is part of a backpack, sort of. They laughed at Transformers, after all. But for now, I'll just be pleasantly surprised when Movpak ships to backers this fall.

   

Sources:
http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/5/10/11653004/movpaks-electric-skateboard-backpack-all-gadgets

Article Rating: 0.0000



You have the right to stay anonymous in your comments, share at your own discretion.

No comments yet.