Ever since the Segway was introduced, walking seems to be going out of style. A more affordable alternative to the Segway is the Erover Self Balancing Scooter that permits riders to transverse short distances.
It should be noted that this ‘scooter’ is more like a horizontal skateboard that has no handles. However, the Erovers differ from skateboards, because the movement is fully automated. The rider controls the motion of the scooter by simply pressing forward with one foot. The left foot turns the scooter right while the right foot turns the scooter left. In order to go forward, the rider must lean forward slightly, and reverse is achieved by leaning backwards. The arms and hands do little more than try to keep the riders balanced as they try to familiarize themselves with the controls. This is a great way to have fun, but it can take a while to master.
The balance needed to power the Erover forward is similar to riding skates. The board also balances like a pair of skates though it’s substantially harder to handle. It will take the average 12 year old a few afternoons to learn the finer nuances.
Another great feature of the Erover is its light weight. At only 27 pounds 27″ x 7.3″ x 7″, it is even small enough to be carried on public transportation. This is ideal for anyone who has a long walk from his or her bus stop. The battery is rechargeable, and it’s good for about ten miles of travel distance from a single charge.
Each wheel on the Erover is controlled by a separate motor. This means a seasoned rider will be able to pull off impressive tricks at skate parks. Since the scooter can be maneuvered forward and backwards, it has almost the same functionality as a traditional skateboard. The scooter can be maneuvered to accelerate faster or more slowly. It can make wide turns or turn at 0 degrees to conquer a skating obstacle course, but riders should practice before attempting to do anything advanced.