About this project
They are electric, motorized skates. Simply strap the RocketSkates™ over your shoes and off you go!
Remote controllers? We don't need remote controls! Your hands are now free for interpretive dance moves as you cruise about town- your feet control the skates.
Each skate has two hub motors controlled by an on-board microprocessor, and are powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. The skates communicate with each other so they maintain the same speed and behavior.
RocketSkates™ connect to smartphone via the ACTON App. You can monitor your skates and their performance. Route tracking, skate diagnosis, battery status, games, and social interactivity; the app keeps you in touch with other RocketSkaters.
A Software Developer Kit (SDK) will be available for developers interested in creating games and app features for RocketSkates™.
"Insane fun!" - Slash Gear
"Think you’re cool because you bike to work? Think again. Ride your Razor scooter everywhere? Color us unimpressed. And don’t even mention Segways."- Yahoo Tech
"Motorized roller skates, from cartoon to reality" - BBC
"Motorized electric skates that are a cross between retro-futuristic and just plain futuristic." - CNET
"These Motorized 'Rocket Skates' Are For Real" － Entrepreneur
Remote-Free: World's only lightweight, remote-free electric skates. Just use your feet to kick off and you'll start rolling. Control the skates with your feet by tilting the skates forward to accelerate, and tilting back on your heel to apply the brakes.
Strap-In Design: Allows you to wear almost any shoe you want, and strap into the RocketSkates™. The skates come with an adjustable footplate for both large and small feet.
Walkability: Because your feet are so close to the ground, you can walk with the RocketSkates™! The RocketSkates™ are designed so that you can walk with the skates on if you need to go up a flight of stairs or want to stop for some coffee.
Funz: Check out the video. Looks fun doesn't it? That will be you, cruising through the paved metropolis.
The ACTON mobile App connects to the RocketSkates™ via Bluetooth. The App will support the latest iPhone and Android OS.
The pledge level for Developers will provide advance access to our APIs. Create custom apps, games, or integrate with other devices such as watches or glasses.
The ACTON RocketSkates™ app includes Geo-Gaming.
Geo-Games are digital games that you play in the physical world. On the RocketSkates™, you become the avatar in your metropolis. Compete with other RocketSkaters and win points to earn rewards.
Solo Geo-Games like the "Shape Game": Draw a shape on the map and ride its path on the RocketSkates™. You can claim coins along the way and discover hidden items around your city, shown in the app.
Team Geo-Games like "Capture The Flag": Mark local points of interest and draw your own racing route. Race with friends and other nearby RocketSkaters to capture a flag; claim real landmarks in your city.
Play in the real world.
The ACTON RocketSkates™ includes R-Control.
R-Control is an auxiliary application that lets you control the lead skate remotely through the app. Play RocketSkates™ Geo-Games remotely or just mount an action camera and discover new ways to see the world.
Play in the real world.
Follow the ride #myfirstRocketSkates on Youtube
There are 3 models and color trims of the RocketSkates™, each giving you increasing amounts of fun time.
We're starting to cut molds right now, but we need to place an order with the factory- they have some pretty big minimums to start producing products.
We are allowing our customers access to our SDK to create even more experiences with the RocketSkates™. We really want to see what kind of games and other fun functionality our creative community come up with.
We are developing the digital presence of our RocketSkates™ and require further funding to flesh out the interconnected and social experience of skates.
- The A Team
Music: Roulet - Sweet Dreams, Gilo - Back to a Simpler Time, Jahzzar, Do It, Broke For Free - Simple Hop
Risks and challenges
SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS
With the experience we gained developing motorized skates, we have found a number of great suppliers and fulfillment facilities to meet our needs. We currently have pre-production level RocketSkates in our hands, being used in the video. They have production level parts that we are ready to open molds for. The only real risk is that individual suppliers would deliver later than expected. To avoid this potential pitfall, we have at least two backups for each supplier.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
R6: 6 miles
R8: 8 miles
R10: 10 miles
Estimated based on standard usage (rider weight and road conditions)
275 LBS/ 125KG
RocketSkates are water resistant, but not water proof; light rain is ok for a short duration but don't soak them in water, just like your cellphone!
It's an ACTON backpack, custom-designed for RocketSkates and your other belongings. Check our updates page for the design!
The charger is very similar to a laptop charger and you can charge both skates at the same time; 110-240v and yes, we will add an adaptor for KS backers (depends on country).
The Android version is 85% done, we will share more interface designs as we move forward; iOS is in the works as well.
Max incline varies from 5-8 degrees uphill, depending on rider weight and road conditions. There is both an electric brake and a mechanical one so you can also go downhill. Just be careful- wear a helmet and safety gear, and be sure you have a safe path down, just as you would with inline skates or a skateboard.
RocketSkates can handle most paved surfaces pretty well, and we've tested on pavement, sidewalks, and asphalt with cracks. Just always remember to be mindful of your path!
Speed is consistent throughout all 3 models. We know you want to go faster.. but 12mph is the street legal speed limit :)
Each pair R6/8/10 comes with 2 sizes of foot pads (medium & large) that fit Women US Size 6, Euro Size 36, UK Size 4 and above; Men US Size 6.5, Euro Size 39, UK Size 6 and above.
You will receive a shipping address survey from Kickstarter once RocketSkates KS campaign is over. So it's ok if your shipping address is different from your billing address.
Extra parts and accessories will be available on ACTONglobal.com after the Kickstarter campaign:
R6 Battery Pack | 1 Pair | 6 mile Range | $225
R8 Battery Pack | 1 Pair | 8 mile Range | $285
R10 Battery Pack | 1 Pair | 10 mile Range | $350
Tires | 1 Pair (2 tires) | $18
The ACTON APP Geo-Games allow you to glide between the digital and physical world. On the RocketSkates™ you become the avatar in your own metropolis.
Solo Geo-Games like the ‘Shape Game’ allows you to draw a shape on the map and ride its path on the RocketSkates™. You can claim coins along the way and discover hidden items around your city, shown in the app.
Team Geo-Games like ‘Capture The Flag’ lets you mark local points of interest and draw your own racing route. Race with friends and nearby RocketSkaters to capture the flag. Claim real landmarks in your city. Claim real landmarks in your city.
ACTON is offering a Software Development Kit to game developers. We hope we can inspire the developer community to support new Geo-Gaming and R-Control applications. The app is expandable by combining geocaching, real-time location, and rewards; play in the real world.
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