Nowadays, we see people rolling around on hoverboards more frequently. But the self-balancing gadgets are not as popular as two or three years ago. They’re getting boring, and obviously, it’s time for something new. Probably, the self-balancing roller skates are what we need. Not that long ago Segway announced that it’s working on a pair of ‘e-skates’ dubbed as the Drift W1. Now they are out and you can get your hands on the Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 Electric Self-balancing Wheel for $369.99 after applying the coupon (code: ZJW85).
Segway has been tinkering with all sorts of new form factors since it was acquired by Ninebot in 2015, from half-sized Segways to kick scooters. Next is the Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 Electric self-balancing roller skates. It looks like what would happen if you took a hoverboard and split it in two and plopped one half under each foot. If you still doubt how it works, watch the video provided by the manufacturer.
As you can see, you just step on top of the Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 with each foot, balance on them without being strapped on in any way, and then lean to start moving. The Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 can speed up to 12km/h and even conquer small hills (up to 10 degrees gradient). In the cases when you have a problem, you will need to jump off. Many think managing two independent self-balancing objects could be a bit harder to get the hang of than just jumping on a big wide board. But we think it’s a matter of time. Once you learn how to manage these skates, every manure is possible.
Also Read: Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 User Manual
Moreover, the Drift W1 take safety seriously and come with all the features in place to ensure your ride under control. In fact, the Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1 comes with the American UL and European CE certifications for product safety. The 10mm thick silicone bumpers will efficiently minimize impact in case of a collision.
The Xiaomi Ninebot Segway Drift W1’s every unit weighs about 7.7lbs, and top out at 7.5 miles per hour. Riding time depends on riding style and terrain. However, on average, it is estimated to provide about 45 minutes of riding on a single charge. The ‘skates’ come with a durable magnesium-aluminum frame, which can withstand a maximum load of 100kg. The 3.5” rubber tires are suitable for a variety of terrains. On the back of the skates, there are large bright tail lights to alert nearby traffic and other pedestrians of your presence.