Mark Cuban invested recently in a company called Radical Transport founded by Nick Fragnito & EJ Williams.
The two founders had previously developed powertrain controls for the Tesla Model S. They re-imagined the "hoverboard" and created the forward thinking "Moov" design. There are some major differences versus the popular battery burning & exploding cheaper Chinese import versions. They are careful not to call the Moov a "hoverboard", which is great because these are not Marty McFly's "hoverboard" like in the Back to the Future films.
A couple things immediately jump out with the MOOV:
1. The board is a single piece of aluminum; meaning the board doesn't have two separate independent foot pedals. You turn using their TORSION TURN TECHNOLOGY.
2. An almost all aluminum structure makes theirs significantly stronger and tougher than other plastic models of similar design.
3. The noticeable larger wheel size allows for smoother riding on various surface types.
4. Batteries that don't catch on fire or explode. The Radical Transport team has rigorously tested their battery/power system and are UL certified.
5. Rider adjustability. There is an app that can adjust the rider's skill level and the sensitivity of the controls.
Here is a little more information explaining some of the boards features.
FROM THEIR SITE:
TORSION TURN TECHNOLOGY: Harnessing a unibody design with integrated sensors, MOOV responds to your body's natural sense of balance, increasing rider stability and improving handling.
INTELLIGENT SENSORS: By strategically utilizing integrated sensors, we gain more effective rider input than traditional footpad controls.
PROGRAMMABLE RIDING MODES: With programmable riding modes, riders can safely master the board before operating at higher speeds. Over the life of the board, the ride continues to suit the rider.
INTERCHANGEABLE DECKS (one of their best ideas!): Inspired by skate and snowboard culture, MOOV’s decks can be customized to suit your unique style. The interchangeable decks are secured with powerful magnets for a fast and painless swap.
They are definitely making sure we know the boards are quality designed, built, tested, and certified right here in Dallas, Texas USA. The re-engineering of the physics, surrounding technology, and ability to customize the Moov separates the device significantly from their toy counterparts.
Here are some of their more detailed specifications.
FROM THEIR SITE:
Machine Grade Aluminum
Cast from the highest grade aluminum
Durable powder coated finish
Precision machined for highest level of precision and accuracy
Rigid Ride Platform
Stable ride platform for advanced control and dynamic ride
Powerful LEDs illuminate the rider path, communicate riding profile, vehicle status and Disco Mode
Sealed Internal Core
Weather resistant seals to prevent ingress
Interchangeable Magnetic Decks
36V 9" Diameter
2 × 350W Hub Motor
Max Ascent Angle
Nominal Capacity / Voltage
6600mAh / 37V
Having only experience on a regular hoverboard, its difficult to compare it to transports like the Segway systems. There are definitely more robust hoverboards on the market now. I like the MOOV, but it has a price tag of $1199+.
If you are interested in purchasing a personal transport, review.com did an extensive set of tests on some other brands depending on your price range. They've made their findings available here: http://www.reviews.com/hoverboard/
It would be great if they sent us one to test out (with a Maze Deck?) Check out the Radical Transport campaign at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1575222927/radical-moov-electric-rideable
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-Digital Ninja ® out.