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Segway’s new e-Skates are the absolute last thing we need right now

Segway plans on introducing the Drift W1 e-Skates at a trade show in August.

Segway e-skates
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After roller skates, inline skates, and hoverboards, Segway’s prepping something all-new. The so-called Drift W1 e-Skates will make its debut later this year.

The black and white e-Skates uses balancing technology to get you from one point to another. Best of all, the product is being described as easy to carry, lightweight, and small.

As Segway explains,

The tires are designed to improve stability and steering capabilities, and, combined with the high-quality materials including slip-resistance on foot mats, the product is designed for maximum comfort and fun. Consistent with Segway’s philosophy of safety first, the Segway Drift W1 has also obtained a number of international certifications, such as UL and CE.

Take a look:

While these look incredibility cool, there is the question of just how safe they are.

As Engadget first pointed out,

The main question that these e-skates bring to mind is safety. Specifically, how can they keep the kids who love those annoying sneakers with wheels built in (who will likely be really interested in these) from going too fast and cracking their heads open?

… It doesn’t help that there don’t appear to be any straps that secure you to the product, which will help if they go haywire and you need to jump off. But doesn’t that also make it easier to fall off, and therefore commence with afore mentioned head cracking?

Segway plans on introducing the Drift W1 e-Skates at a trade show in August. So far, the company hasn’t announced a release date or price.

Do you plan on risking your life and buying one of Segway’s new e-skates, or will you stay firmly on the ground? Let us know below.

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