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December 21, 2011

spnKiX are remotely controlled battery-powered motorized shoes up for pre-order via Kickst...

spnKiX are remotely controlled battery-powered motorized shoes up for pre-order via Kickstarter

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Peter Treadway's battery-powered motorized shoes - which we first spied as a concept in mid-2010 - are edging closer to production. Called spnKiX, these electric roller-skates have gone through more than thirty prototypes over a five year period to reach the final design and if all goes to plan they will hit the pavement in March 2012.

spnKiX feature a frame made of fiber reinforced nylon that the rider straps on while still wearing their normal shoes. Each "shoe" contains all the electronic parts - there's one in wheel motor and one battery pack for each foot. Gliding is controlled via a wireless handheld remote contro that comes with a simple switch to adjust the speed. There's also a little reflector located on the back of each shoe for safety.

spnKiX come with a wireless remote control to adjust the speed

Unless your workplace is close by, the shoes are unlikely to become your new commuting option though. The rechargeable lithium battery is good for only 2-3 miles ride and it takes 2-3 hours to recharge it. The maximum speed is quite impressive (and possibly even a little scary in some situations) at 10 mph. The maker recommends that the rider should be at least sixteen, weighing no more than 180lbs (81kg).

The spnKiX motorized shoes can be pre-ordered for the price of US$375 (the future retail price will be US$649). The first batch of 100 units is slated to be shipped by early March 2012, but this depends on whether the company gathers backing of US$25,000 at the time of writing the project has raised $13,000 with 42 days remaining to reach its goal.

Treadway gives us an insight into the inspiration behind spnKiX in the following video.

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18 Comments

Flying car? Hover-Swift 3D-Traffic.Shoes are O.K. but how far can they run on a charge? -an you can only use them on asphalt.

Johnny De Vulcan
22nd December, 2011 @ 12:20 am PST

Imagine trying to hunt with these on....lmfbao

Kelvin Onus-King
22nd December, 2011 @ 03:48 am PST

Can it go up hill? Go faster than roller skates?

Other than the novelty, what is the practical use for it?

MrGadget
22nd December, 2011 @ 08:01 am PST

Nice toy, but must ask if you have considered for an easy and unexpensive way to replace tire shoes for the wheels as they wear out, and a back-pack extra battery so you can extend millage, just seems obvious! Have you done it?

Max Fdez
22nd December, 2011 @ 08:08 am PST

He needs to build in an external battery port into each shoe for an optional battery backpack to extend crusie range.

Joseph J Shimandle
22nd December, 2011 @ 08:29 am PST

Practical usage: Airport connecting flights

Thomas Roberts
22nd December, 2011 @ 09:26 am PST

HGow lazy can we get? And people wonder why we are so obese.

Nelson
22nd December, 2011 @ 10:33 am PST

I see a lot of users fallign over and hurting themselves

Zero practicability !

atul292
22nd December, 2011 @ 10:38 am PST

As others have said, the shoe should be focused on motor and wheel design, the battery, it's charging and also wearer energy harvesting should be dealt with separately. Like a battery pack attached to the thighs like a holster. I believe that this thing can work powerfully and with good range within today's technology. Add downhill and breaking energy harvesting. It's future versions will have a good future and even world militaries will be interested.

Dawar Saify
22nd December, 2011 @ 11:22 am PST

Wouldn't take more than ten minutes to throw some turnigy LiPos in a backpack and power it up yourself. The inventor would do well to look at prior art from the ebike scene...

SamD
22nd December, 2011 @ 01:30 pm PST

"the future retail price will be US$649"

What? You can buy a very nice bike or a crappy car for that price! Or head to ebay and get a couple of scooters! Either say, it's bound to be a better deal than these things...

what do you do with them when the batteries die? Do you have to take them off and carry them? Or can you walk in them?

Ed
22nd December, 2011 @ 03:58 pm PST

Would make shopping a little easier on the feet, maybe.

I could wear them in the hospital....

Can't think of any other decent use. They sound too weak to handle the hills between my house and the train station.

Von Meerman
23rd December, 2011 @ 05:45 am PST

Kickstarter project = instant lack of credibility.

Mike Barnett
23rd December, 2011 @ 08:44 am PST

I cannot believe all of the negative comments!

These are cool!

The only problem that I see is that it recommends that the maximum weight be only 180 lbs

I need to exercise and lose weight in order to be able to use them. Kind of ironic.

But good job and good luck. Looks like a lot of work has went into the design and prototyping.

Well Done

Captain Danger
28th December, 2011 @ 06:17 am PST

Looks cool, would want one of those for commuting (around 10 km's for me). Charge them @ work and off home. But the range must (must!) be increased. At least 20 km's, so you can go home as well.

P.S. - The piano in the video gave the presentation a depressing note, try to fix that to a more positive note. ;)

Renārs Grebežs
29th December, 2011 @ 02:28 am PST

I would like to see these as a roller blade design

codemasterbo
15th April, 2012 @ 09:51 am PDT

like the black version of SPNKIX, super

Tammy Lai
15th December, 2012 @ 07:17 pm PST

i recommend a re shoot. Let prospective investors/buyers SEE these amazing things up close!

Yes, the inventor and developers have seen them quite up close, have seen their fill of it, and have forgotten that the rest of us have only barely seen them.

It's a different twist on the old bit about people giving directions.

They know the way fine, and forget about the most pertinent landmarks a newcomer might need.

SHOW us the product MUCH more. For one example, let us see, closely, how the battery pack is removed/installed.

You showed us, from a distance, the binding straps.

Do it again, this time up close so we see exactly which/what kind of mechanism/system you're using.

Bottom line: Almost all the footage was shot from too far away.

Get us in there, much closer. Don't be standoff-ish.

You feel strongly about the product? Show us some of that enthusiasm!

Blow your horn, and consider a remotely operable horn for your SpinKix. Good journey.

Dan Lewis
14th March, 2013 @ 10:19 am PDT
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