Self-balancing scooters which are often referred to as hover boards because of their close resemblance to the futuristic board used in the movie ‘Back to the Future’. The self-balancing scooters however do not offer the ability to levitate like the hover board used in the movie. It is based on the technology used by a Segway but is more advanced as it works without any handles unlike the Segway. This makes it a convenient option for consumers who can carry it easily while travelling. The ability to move around smoothly in such a compact vehicle has been one of the prime reasons why people choose to buy the self-balancing scooters.

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Design and Structure:

These scooters are designed in a way that people can learn it quickly and effortlessly. The two wheels are supported by two motors and the double balancing system helps you stay balanced on the equipment without tipping yourself. The smart sensors in the boards ensure stability of the riders so that it is safe for beginners. Accelerating the device is easy, all you need to do is apply pressure on the board with the front of your feet. The speed of the board varies depending on the model you choose to buy and they usually go as fast as 10mph. The hover boards can turn 360 degrees and can be easily manoeuvred into narrow spaces as well. The device is battery operated and it comes with a charger. It usually takes 2 hours to charge completely.

Celebrities on Hover boards:

The popularity of the scooters can largely be credited to the celebrities who have made their appearances in various shows and events on one of the self-balancing scooters. Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Jamie Foxx and Skrillex are some of the celebrities who have flaunted these innovative hover boards. YouTube and Instagram have seen a fair share of celebrities on these hover boards and the sale of these scooters has seen a massive spike since then.

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Law on the use of Self Balancing Scooters:

The invention of the self-balancing scooter is yet to be traced. It is considered to be of Chinese origin although it has rapidly got attention around the world. While everyone wishes to ride these scooters, the law seems to be ambiguous in certain countries regarding this mode of transportation. It has been deemed illegal for riders to use a self-balancing scooter on roads or pavements in UK. Hover board owners in UK can ride it in private property only with permission of the owner of the property.

Pros and Cons:

Self-balancing scooters may be considered as a mere toy for children but the regulations for using it on the road may limit the use of the device to private property. The ultramodern look of the device has grabbed the attention of children and adults alike. Although they may seem to be a futuristic mode of commuting, the self-balancing scooters are yet to get a go-ahead in many states and cities for use on the road as a mode of transportation. So for now it is mainly limited to being used inside the house as it awaits legal approvals.