Highlights from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Skateboard

The Monolith, with its Bluetooth remote hooked over the front

Although we're now seeing a wide variety of electric skateboards, most of them utilize the same setup – a motor mounted on the underside of the deck, that drives one or two of the wheels via a belt. The designers at California-based Inboard Sports, however, are setting out to change that. Their Monolith is claimed to be the world's first skateboard to feature hub motors in the two rear wheels.  Read More

The mean-lookin' Gila Board

We've seen a number of off-road skateboards hit the market over the past several years, although most of them have little or no suspension, and many do have electric motors – the latter is fine if you want it, but just adds weight, expense and complexity if you don't. Industrial designer Chris Terpstra's new Gila Board doesn't have a motor, but instead sports a unique fully-adjustable independent suspension system.  Read More

The Sbyke is a mix of a scooter, a bike and a skateboard (Photo: Stu Robarts/Gizmag)

There are all sorts of scooters, bikes and skateboards on which kids (of all ages) can get around. For those who can't decide which they prefer though, the Sbyke combines them all. Gizmag took a closer look at the London Toy Fair.  Read More

BlackBox revealed its Linx IAS at CES 2015

Concussions – or at least concussion discussions – are all the rage lately, particularly in relation to professional sports leagues like the NFL. BlackBox Biometrics is adding to the discussion with a small, lightweight sensor designed to track concussive forces. Derived from the company's military blast force sensor, the consumer-grade Linx IAS straps to the head via a beanie or headband and measures impacts, providing an easy-read analysis that can help athletes identify concussions.  Read More

The ZBoard 2 at CES 2015 (Photo: Eric Mack/Gizmag)

When it was announced, the ZBoard was claimed to be the first weight-sensing electric skateboard. Riders lean forward on it to accelerate and back to brake. Now, a new version of the board has been announced. The ZBoard 2 is said to be lighter, faster, more powerful and have a longer range.  Read More

Rockochet prevents rocks from tripping up skateboarders

Skateboarding is an inherently dangerous activity. However, just because it's risky to hop on a board doesn't mean the risk of injury can't and shouldn't be decreased. One risk skateboarders face is large rocks that can cause the rider to trip forward. A new device called Rockochet aims to fix that, by sitting in front of the wheels and deflecting rocks away – leading to a safer, smoother ride.  Read More

Adventure gear 2014

It's been a triumphant year for adrenaline. The year hosted the introduction of wild, innovative adventure gear for every type of terrain and weather known to man. The new generation of hard goods, which encapsulates everything from mini snowmobiles, to high-powered electric thrusters, to super-fast two, three, four and six-wheelers, will ensure that the Earth's asphalt, sand, snow and rock remain thrilling playgrounds.  Read More

The Ungoverned powerboard tackles the sand dunes

Dan Baldwin, original inventor of the Scarpar, is continuing to build prototypes of his odd brainchild – the powerboard. Featuring two grippy, articulated tracks, both powered by an onboard motor and controlled through a hand-held throttle, powerboards give users the ability to traverse rough terrain - sand, creeks, rocks and even fallen logs - with a good degree of agility and speed. Baldwin has just released a series of videos showing his Ungoverned board in action.  Read More

The Electric Bubblegum Board features 3D-printed parts

Electric skateboards may be getting faster and lighter, but that doesn't mean they've been getting a great deal cheaper. And what better way to fix that than to add a little 3D printing to the mix? The Bubblegum board is an electric skateboard with 3D-printable components, meaning not only is it initially cheaper to produce, but users can keep their ride in working order by printing out new parts as required.  Read More

The Deska Board is a surf-inspired three-wheeled skateboard, that can also be used for lan...

Over the years, various skateboard manufacturers have designed boards intended to simulate the feel of surfing. One of the latest, the Deska Board, sets out to do so via a low, wide deck and three smooth-rolling 200-mm wheels, plus it even has an input for a user-supplied windsurf sail. It additionally features a unique foot retention system, and a rear disc brake.  Read More

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