18 of the most awesome inventions which appeared this year
The ‘Hoverboard’ Scooter
Part Segway, part skateboard, the self-balancing scooter — generally known as a hoverboard, even though it doesn’t actually hover — is easily the year’s most viral product. Once someone hops on, the device uses a pair of electric gyroscopes (one under each pad) to balance automatically, allowing users to speed forward, backward and around by slightly shifting their body weight. That enables all kinds of fun stunts, ranging from hallway races to motorized dance routines.