For a while the only personal mobility device you could get was a Segway. Or at least, the only high-tech, electric such vehicle. But now the marketplace is flooding with new electric scooters, and skateboards, and the WalkCar is an interesting addition. Its claim to fame is how small it is. Barely bigger than a laptop, the WalkCar is able to propel a person weighing up to 120 kg (265 lb) at up to 10 km/h (6.2 mph), on a distance of about 12 km (7.5 miles). It will then take 3 hours to charge via USB before it’s ready to take you on another strip. Steering is achieved by leaning forward, and since it doesn’t go very fast, stopping involves simply stepping off.
There’s a Kickstarter planned for October, with a reported asking price of $800. That may seem like a lot, but for those of you unwilling to walk a few miles, it’s a valuable convenience.