Mark Cubans Radical Moov may look and function like the hoverboards of old, but its developers want you to know it has very little in common with thosecombustable contraptions. In fact, Radical Transport is marketing its Kickstarter device with the hashtag: #unhoverboard.
What makes the Moov different? First, its designed and assembled in Dallas, unlike the dozens of banned hoverboards that were thrown together in China using the same mold and variations of the same parts. Italso has a unibody design crafted out of aluminum and oversized wheels for added durability. And unlike its predecessors, the Moov, which can go up to 15 miles per hour, moves by sensing how you shift your weight, instead of making you to push one foot forward or back.
These differences give Radical Transport the right to call its (un)hoverboard an electric rideable. Im not convinced the name sounds any better, but it at least skirtsthe poor reputation left behind by its failed predecessors.
The Radical Moov is the brainchild of billionaire businessman and Sharktank star Mark Cuban. As Mashable points out, Cuban became interested in hoverboards back in 2012, and tried to buy Hovertrax from Shane Chen, the creator of the first hoverboard. When the deal didnt go through, Cuban decided to create Radical Transport.
“It’s fun. It looks amazing. It’s durable. It’s powerful. It can be transportation or sport. It works,” Cuban told Mashable. “We don’t have to sell millions of them to make this a great business.
The Moov isnt a solution for people looking to purchase a rideable without breaking the bank. It is currently campaigning on Kickstarter starting at $1,100, and could list for $1,500. That is more than twice the price of Segways well-received mini-Pro.
Despite its price, the Moov is already halfway to its $50,000 goalafter just one day of crowdfunding.