Auto-balancing, electric transporter with gyro technology. Shift body weight to control speed and direction for seamless gliding! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 30, 2013.
About this project
At the slightest lean of your feet, the Hovertrax travels forward, backwards, turns left and right, and rotates clockwise and counterclockwise. Created to transcend transportation toys and focus on practical movement we've built a totally new product that celebrates personal and intuitive transport. Join us in the new mobility revolution!
About Inventist and the Inventor
Inventist is based in Camas, WA lead by founder, president and inventor, Shane Chen. A true inventor and tinkerer since he was young, Chen received his collegiate degree in agricultural meteorology from Beijing Agricultural University.
In 1986 his passion for inventing guided him to relocate to the U.S. Arriving in America with only $200 in his pocket, Chen's entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own company, CID (Chen Instrument Design) http://cid-inc.com/ dedicated to making instruments for agricultural research.
Still, Chen had more ideas about scooters, skates and flying machines. So in 2003 Chen founded Inventist, Inc. which became successful enough that he sold his plant research device company in 2010. Chen was finally free to follow his imagination blending his unique ability to invent with his love of sports and fitness. In his free time Chen speed skates, windsurfs, snowboards, scuba dives, swims, roller blades, Swerver Skates, and Aquaskips.
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Hovertrax Project Objective
The objective of the Hovertrax project is to introduce the future of powerful and portable transportation complemented by a sleek design.
Inventist is no stranger to creating high-tech portable transport devices! For all Inventist's products, we fuse unique design with advanced technology and engineering to deliver ground breaking and fun experiences. We debuted the one wheeled, Solowheel last year. Fresh off the heels of our success with the Solowheel, Chen decided to make a product that provided immediate enjoyment for all ages.
After several months of intense research and development, Shane Chen invented the Hovertrax. The Hovertrax is a pioneering example of man meeting machine in everyday life. Built with instinctive controls and large foot platforms so riders can easily stand on the Hovertrax and get moving. The future of transportation is just a step ahead!
The Hovertrax is a product people can use daily both indoors and out. Weighing only 9lbs, the Hovertrax can easily be stored or carried in a backpack or handbag. Recharge the battery at home or while out on the go, by easily plugging the Hovertrax into a wall outlet for one hour.
How Does it Work?
The tough yet super light, ultra chic Hovertrax responds to your foot movement accelerating forward, backward and left and right. The Hovertrax has two halves that tilt independently of each other. Each wheel has its own motor, each equipped with a gyro sensor and accelerometer.
The Hovertrax is durable, eco-friendly, hands-free and responsive. Join us in the movement!
- Speed: 6 MPH (10 KPH)
- Travel range: 4 miles (6.5Km)
- Charge time: 1 hour
- Regenerative braking
- Zero emissions
- Total weight: 9lbs (4Kg)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Is the Hovertrax motor powerful? The Hovertrax shown in the photos is a prototype with 5" hub motor wheels from another product. The actual Hovertrax will have slightly larger hub motor wheels and will be 3 times more powerful. The final product will look identical to the prototype featured, with the addition of larger hub motor wheels.
How will the quality be controlled? Of course, quality control is especially important because the Hovertrax carries the rider. To ensure the highest caliber production the Hovertrax will be produced in our Washington state headquarters. We will also put the Hovertrax through a variety of safety tests.
How will the Kickstarter funds be used? Funds will be used for production: purchasing machines, molds, product parts such as motor, battery, wheels, gyro sensors and product testing measures.
Is the Hovertrax safe? The Hovertrax has auto-balancing capabilities, meaning it will automatically catch the rider. Without any handlebars in the way, the rider can step off at any time. As with any wheeled device, we encourage riders to wear protective gear at all times. Get on, explore and start having fun. The future is just a step ahead!
Has a patent been filed? Yes.We filed a utility and design patent for the Hovertrax.
Can I fit the Hovertrax in my DeLoreaon? Yes, absolutely. Send us photos please!
Is the Hovertrax for fun or purely for transport? Built strong and lightweight, the Hovertrax is used for both fun and transport. Stand out among bulky Segways, e-bikes, and traditional skateboards and bicycles. You can use the Hovertrax at the park or mall with friends or use it to get around school, a warehouse, a restaurant, airport, hotel or your neighborhood. The Hovertrax is both fun and practical! Where will you ride it?
Risks and challenges
We love a good design challenge! A fully functional and exciting Hovertrax prototype has been made. Though there are always technical challenges, because of our success with the Solowheel, we've weeded out a lot of issues. The Hovertrax already benefits from our experience with gyros, motors and batteries. Now we need to fine tune the programming before going into production. Our mission is to perfect the final product!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, the Hovertrax will have a universal charger plug.
The Hovertrax can climb a 15 degree incline.
225 pounds. (102 kg)
5 and up.
Pledge $25 or more
SUPERCHARGED SPECIAL: For your contribution you'll receive the Alkacharger, one of our most popular inventions. It’s the only battery charger that can recharge up to 34 regular Alkaline type cells at once. The retail value of the Alkacharger is $40.00.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
ORBITWHEEL PACKAGE: Thank you! You will receive one of our favorite inventions, the Orbitwheels. A mix between a skateboard and inline skates, the Orbitwheels are one-of-a-kind and incredibly fun. All backers will also receive a connector band for faster learning. The first 9 backers will receive an Orbitwheel t-shirt.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $350 or more
SKATE PACKAGE: Swerver Quad Skates bring innovative technology and a new look to a classic concept. Our patented lean-to-turn design allows for increased stability when skating forwards or backwards, and more freedom of movement. See more at www.swerver.comEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $695 or more
EARLY ADOPTERS: Be the first in the world to receive the revolutionary Hovertrax. Travel for 5MPH for 5 miles on a full charge. Designed for efficiency, riders can move forward, in reverse, and twist left or right to turn. The Hovertrax retails for $995.00.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $825 or more
EARLY ADOPTERS PLUS PACKAGE: You will receive a custom engraved Hovertrax PLUS a pair of our Orbitwheels! Be the first to travel like never before on the Hovertrax. The Hovertrax will meet your high-tech needs, while the Orbitwheels will satisfy your fitness needs. Choose to engrave your Hovertrax with the text of your choice!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $995 or more
MORE REWARD COMBOS FOR YOU! By request, this package includes the HOVERTRAX and SWERVER QUAD SKATES.
On the Hovertrax, travel for 5MPH for 5 miles on a full charge. Designed for efficiency, riders can move forward, in reverse, and twist left or right to turn.
Swerver Quad Skates bring innovative technology and a new look to a classic concept. Our patented lean-to-turn design allows for increased stability when skating forwards or backwards, and more freedom of movement.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,800 or more
EARLY ADOPTERS HIGH-TECH PACKAGE:
You will receive a Solowheel and a pair of Orbitwheels! Own the most innovative and compact form of electric transportation available today! The Solowheel can go for 10 miles at up to 10MPH per battery charge. We'll also provide a personal lesson via Skype to get you Solowheeling as soon as possible.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $2,295 or more
EARLY ADOPTERS EV PACKAGE: You will receive a Solowheel and a Hovertrax! Own the most innovative and compact form of electric transportation available today! The Solowheel can go for 10 miles at up to 10MPH per battery charge. We'll also provide a personal lesson via Skype to get you Solowheeling as soon as possible. And of of course a Hovertrax - the reason we're here in the first place!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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INVENTORS TREASURE CHEST: You will receive one of ALL our inventions: Solowheel, Hovertrax, Aquaskipper, Orbitwheels, Swerver Skates, Alkacharger, Leantisserie and FizzSaver! Plus, spend a day at our office in the beautiful Pacific NW (travel expenses not included). Meet and enjoy lunch with the inventor, Shane Chen and learn about our many inventions and prototypes! Free private lesson included on any of the products.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (60 days)