Weekend Fun: Groundsurf
The GroundSurf, a three-wheeled skateboard with an electric motor between the two front wheels, has been announced by the inventor, Frenchman Stephane Pelletier. Using built-in sensors you can control it by either leaning forward to accelerate, or backwards to slow down/brake. Plus, it has Bluetooth. Bluetooth??
Yes, Bluetooth. You can actually control the aforementioned acceleration/braking with a Bluetooth-capable cellphone. And you thought motorists on their mobiles were bad enough…
It may appear to look like a motorized skateboard, but Pelletier claims the GroundSurf is more akin to a surfboard due to “that surf feeling” you get riding it. “It’s been tested and developed with professional surfers. The back is a very specific truck that moves in different dimensional ways. Compared to a skateboard, it’s not moving the same way at all. You really have to try it to believe it,” Pelletier reveals. (Carver has developed a non-motorized version of the surf-skateboard concept that has great “surf feel” as well. If you’re into the surfing on land vibe, it’s definitely worth checking out. â€”Ed.)
Pelletier’s concern, Ratleads, hopes to have the first GroundSurf commercially available sometime next year for about $2000. More information on Ratleads Groundsurf.