Billing them as "The 12 MPH Electric Skates", Hammacher Schlemmer launched their catalog page for RocketSkates recently (which we learned via our buds at EV News.  Aficionados of all that is silly and scootery, something rang a bell and we looked back into our bookmarks to figure out why, and found RocketSkates on Kickstarter.  Here's the Acton RocketSkates "project", fully funded in August of last year and then some (times ten, even).

Is it just us, or is Kickstarter's original premise of being for funding cool, original, and hard-to-fund creative projects turning into a new-product business startup incubator thing instead?  Something they, in the very early days very clearly counter-espoused?  And what's the word for "counter-espousing" anyway?

Ahem.  Back to RocketSkates.

"12mph Electric Skates"

Here are the specs from Hammacher Schlemmer:

  • These are the motorized electric roller skates that propel a wearer at up to 12 mph.
  • Two sets of step-in footplates secure most types of footwear with strap bindings similar to those on snowboard boots, accommodating small and large feet.
  • Supporting riders up to 275 lbs., each skate’s twin 6"-diam. wheels has a 50-watt motor integrated into its fiber-reinforced nylon frame.
  • Tilting forward on the toes accelerates while tilting back on the heel gently brakes. The footplates also pivot down to put your foot in contact with the ground for walking or going upstairs.
  • Each skate has a removable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 1 1/2 hours of continuous power (up to a 10-mile range), ideal for travel across a school campus, to a local cafe, or while roaming a neighborhood festival.
  • Batteries recharge in two hours using the included AC adapter.
  • Model R10 Red. Fits men’s shoe sizes 6 1/2+ and women’s 6+. Ages 16 and up. Red. 9" L x 8" W x 8 1/2" H. (14 lbs.)
  • $699.95  Currently taking orders - expected to ship 3/13/2015
And of course, it has an app.  Seriously?

RocketSkates App

RocketSkates App

Being kind of scary/confusing on how these things would actually be to ride, we looked up the video to see how that goes.

Which looks kind of fun.  Sort of?  And silly.  But this is the Dept. of Silly Scooters at IEV, so that's cool.

But then we saw this review by one of our favorite, irreverent and COMPLETELY NOT SAFE FOR WORK Kickstarter Crap guy, who wins the prize for more F-bombs per minute than anyone else on the Youtube.  Put the headphones on and cue that baby up, for a downright hysterical "calling a spade a spade" review on the original Kickstarter campaign, and probably the product as well.  Just so you're clear on his perspective:

"I know a lot of you guys are going to say im wrong and that it's totally siiick and that 12mph is fast. Well, as an avid skateboarder, biker, and former heely user, you are wrong. I've gone like 30 mph on my bike and let me tell you. that is fast." Thanks for watching futurists.