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Walking sucks... apparently.

29 January 2016

Too lazy to walk? Or simply dying to look cool?

Introducing the Swagway – a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooter (otherwise referred to as a hoverboard).

Wikipedia describes them as typically consisting of ‘two wheels arranged side-by-side, with two small platforms between the wheels, on which the rider stands. The device is controlled by the rider's feet, standing on the built-in gyroscopic, sensored pads.

Ooh futuristic.

These babies seemed to gain a lot of publicity in the months running up to Christmas, with all sorts buying and riding the craze. The 21st century Marty McFly has flown (hovered actually) into the public eye so furiously it seems there’s no getting away.

So why have these boards gained huge publicity in such a short period of time?

Propelled to fame by a range of celebrities including Justin Bieber (obviously), the Swagway has even been featured in some major music videos and has been viewed by millions across the world.

It’s not all been positive though.

Issues surrounding the legality of using the product on the streets have been raised and one group of unlucky customers reported that their products had burst into balls of fire!

This issue of combusting into flames affected one family in Santa Rosa, California who reportedly had their family home set alight while the hoverboard was being charged (using non-compliant plugs). It resulted in $200,000 worth of damages and the suffocating of their two family dogs.

One of the world’s most popular online market places Amazon has decided to throw in the towel and are offering refunds to customers.

Chairman Elliot F. Kaye of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission had this to say,‘I want to commend Amazon for voluntarily stepping up, providing a free remedy and putting customer safety first.

Whilst also stating he is, ‘pleased that at least one leading retailer is erring on the side of caution.

They say ‘there’s no such thing as bad press’. They also say ‘no news is good news’.

You decide. At least someone is trying to save people’s feet from getting burnt.

I don’t really understand why people would want to just walk quicker when you can just jog for free.

I guess walking sucks.

On the other hand it does show how powerful and influential celebrities have become. For me, understanding the importance young adults and teenagers put onto their idols or celebrities today just shows how strongly self-image is valued.

Anyway, with no need for anyone to walk anymore you’d better be careful.

Don’t go running over any old ladies like the incident with Usain Bolt and the Segway cameraman at the World Champions last year.

Written by Henry Stanford

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