The ACTON R Rocketskates™ are Wearable Mobility. Remote-free, Strap-in, Smart electric skates.
WHAT ARE THE ACTON R ROCKETSKATES™?
They are electric, motorized skates. Simply strap the RocketSkates™ over your shoes and off you go!
Remote controllers? We don't need remote controls! Your hands are now free for interpretive dance moves as you cruise about town- your feet control the skates.
Each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The skates communicate with each other so they maintain the same speed and behavior.
RocketSkates™ connect to smartphone via the ACTON App. You can monitor your skates and their performance. Route tracking, skate diagnosis, battery status, games, and social interactivity; the app keeps you in touch with other RocketSkaters.
A Software Developer Kit (SDK) will be available for developers interested in creating games and app features for RocketSkates™.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US
"Think you’re cool because you bike to work? Think again. Ride your Razor scooter everywhere? Color us unimpressed. And don’t even mention Segways."- Yahoo Tech
"At long last, rocket skates are a real thing that legitimately exist in the universe that you and I inhabit." - Digital Trends
"While we wait for the hoverboard to arrive, one Los Angeles inventor has come up with a worthy stopgap - motorised roller skates." - Daily Mail UK
"Rocketskates let you walk or 'motor'." - Gizmag
"Skateboards, bicycles, even scooters -- all valid ways to get around, but none quite as eye-catching as the RocketSkates." - Slash Gear
"That's right; just like regular skates, these motorized puppies can let you zip around the sidewalk completely hands-free." - Engadget
"Motorized electric skates that are a cross between retro-futuristic and just plain futuristic." - CNET
"Cycling to work is so last season. These Rocketskates have onboard motors to let you zip to work in a jiffy." - Wired UK
Rocketskates let you walk or "motor"
By Ben Coxworth July 8, 2014
Back in 2010, we first heard about inventor Peter Treadway's concept for powered wheeled footwear that also allowed the user to walk under their own power when desired. Two years later, the concept was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, in the form of spnKiX motorized skates. Now, Treadway has returned to Kickstarter with an improved take on the original idea, known as Acton R Rocketskates.
Like spnKiX, Rocketskates are designed to be strapped on over regular footwear. When you want to let each skate's two hub motors do the work, you just tip your feet back so that only the rubber wheels make contact with the ground. Should you need to do something like climbing stairs, however, you tip forward and walk on the balls of your feet.
Unlike spnKiX, however, Rocketskates aren't controlled via a remote control unit. Instead users start by picking a "lead" foot (the one that goes in front), turning both skates on, then waiting for them to wirelessly sync up with one another. Once they're synced, the user accelerates by tilting the lead skate forward, and decelerates by putting their heel down. The motors of the non-lead skate simply copy whatever those in the lead one are doing.
The user accelerates by tilting the lead skate forward, and decelerates by putting their h...
Their maximum speed is 12 mph (19 km/h), and the range depends on the model chosen. The R6 will get you around 6 miles (9.7 km) or 45 minutes of use, the R8 is rated for 8 miles (12.9 km)/70 minutes, and the R10 is reportedly good for 10 miles (16 km) or 90 minutes. For all models, a full charge of the lithium-ion batteries takes 1.5 hours.
Users can also do things like monitoring battery life, tracking routes and checking total mileage via an accompanying app.
If they seem like your cup of tea, a pledge of US$249 will get a pair of R6s, with the R8s going for $499 and the R10s for $599 – when and if they reach production. Treadway's Acton company, incidentally, also brought us the collapsible electric M Scooter.