Hoverboards: conspicuous consumption or fun glimpse of the future? | Steven Poole

Hoverboards: conspicuous consumption or fun glimpse of the future? | Steven Poole
Usain Bolt and Justin Bieber love them. But though they’re a menace in the street, at least they’re not polluting – or alternatively, smugly saving the planet

As if our streets weren’t chaotic enough, the newest ridiculous addition to them is people on “hoverboards”, electric skateboards with coloured lights; hands-free Segways – known as Swagways, SwegWays or Megaboards – that cost hundreds of pounds. Usain Bolt was spotted riding one through Heathrow earlier this month, which is fair enough: his legs were probably a bit tired after doing all that insanely fast running at the world championships. But what is everyone else’s excuse?

Related: How hard is it to ride a Segway?

The hoverboarder is spectacularly selfish, making a moving exhibition of his dedication to not giving a toss

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Source: Guardian Transport

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