Putting a new spin on roller skating

Stan Megraw
23 January 2012

These futuristic-looking “skates” are designed to effortlessly move you along at a not too shabby speed of 16 km per hour!

Peter Treadway is a Product Designer and Principal at a design firm in Los Angeles, CA called JP Works. During the past five years he has been exploring ways to turn ordinary shoes into motorized mobility devices. After developing (and rejecting) more than two dozen prototypes, Treadway has come up with a concept he’s confident people will want to buy and use. It’s called SpnKix.

SpnKix is designed to be strapped over almost any type of footwear. Each unit is powered by lithium batteries and are controlled by a wireless remote that’s about the size of a key fob. The hardware and electronics are integrated into a fiber-reinforced nylon frame. It takes about 2 hours to recharge the batteries and the range is about 3-5 km on a single charge.

In order to begin production, Treadway used the services of Kickstarter, a website that helps entrepreneurs solicit funding for their projects. Within 5 days, supporters had pledged more than double the $25,000 seed money he needed.

The SpnKix will retail for USD 650 and it’s expected that shipping will begin in March 2012. To learn more, check out the video below!

Article first published January 4, 2012

Stan Megraw

Stan is a writer/researcher, a PhD graduate of McGill University and was a member of the CurioCity team for several years. As a kid he dreamed of playing hockey in the NHL then becoming an astronaut with NASA. Instead, he ended up as an environmental research scientist. In his spare time Stan enjoys working on DIY projects, cooking and exploring his Irish roots.


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