Magic Wheel Scooter - hands-free mobility
By Jeff Salton
March 28, 2010
The Magic Wheel Scooter fits in a niche somewhere in the middle of a skateboard, a unicycle and in-line skates. While riders in the promotional video below make riding the scooter look easy, we reckon it will take some getting used to, as will the stares from passers-by. However, it looks like a bit of fun, and certainly not as radical as the Loop-In concept board. It appears functional, too, especially if you live at the bottom of a hill and need to get home in a hurry. But with no handlebars, pedals or brakes, an element of bravado is required to master this piece of technology.
To get things rolling mount the Magic Wheel Scooter by putting the large, main wheel between your legs, put one foot on the board and push off with the other. Once you have picked up speed and have gained your balance, place the other foot on the board and relax. The makers say the Magic Wheel Scooter is no more dangerous than a skateboard or a micro scooter and the larger wheel passes over objects easier than a skateboard/micro scooter would.
Recommending riding age is 12 years and above as the minimum inside leg measurement needed is 28 inches. The manufacturers say it takes the average user a couple of hours’ practice before they can comfortably ride the Magic Wheel with both feet on the board. And to stop in a hurry, the advice is to jump off and grab the handle, or just let it fall to the ground. It’s made of reinforced plastic to ensure it can handle the impact.
To turn, adjust your weight from one side to the other and if you need to do a hook turn, put a foot on the ground and spin. The small directional wheel allows you to quickly change direction. And if you're combining riding with using public transport, it doesn't take up much space on a train or bus and it weighs 6.3kg.
Currently available for delivery in the UK and EU, the Magic Wheel Scooter retails for UK£119 (US$177 approx) plus delivery.
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