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Xavier Belvemont

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Is the 'Skateboard with a boost' a worth-while product when electric skateboards already exist?

I saw the product Sanjay Dastoor was presenting, I saw the design, I saw the price... then I looked in my shed..
I have one...and have done for over 8 years..

This product already exists, has done for well over a decade, the actual cost is marginal in comparison and also of higher quality and more durable for its purpose than the development of the one in question..

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=electric+skateboard&hl=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=H1ReUYVZhq7sBreugJgK&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=738

Just thought people should know that if you want one there is certainly no
-Waiting for this product to be produced
and
-There is no $1200 cost.

I'm also quite sure that even the battery life of my current board can cover the required distances even despite its age and model.

Mentioning this because I don't like people being ripped off for an innovative and expensive item that is neither innovative or expensive.
Thanks.

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    • Apr 7 2013: The price of $1200 is too much for what it is now. and if you didn't notice there are a couple TED Talks that sound more like commercials than honest sharing of ideas. These skateboards right now are just overpriced toys, not saying that they are bad, just saying that people should wait for either the price to come down or the technology to progress more to make them more effective (more power, longer battery life, etc.) If your a person who wants a project to do this would probably be a great idea plus you can build one of these for under half the price as they are selling them for, and all the parts you need can be found at a rc hobby store and a board shop.

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