Swegways / Hoverboards are the coolest new gadget around at the moment with it's rise in popular culture helped by a string of high profile celebrities from Justin Bieber to Kendall Jenner being seen riding them and even a viral cover version of one of Biebers' hits using a "Swegway dance":
The name Swegway came from Segways, which they are basically a mini version of minus the handle and though they are much smaller they still pack a lot of punch.
These Swegways are not just a gadget fad though they use some seriously advanced technology to detect the slightest change in pressure from your feet to move forwards, backwards, change direction and even spin 360 degrees. This allows you to perform some really cool tricks.
Swegways or Hoverboards?
Some people have been referring to these boards as hoverboards, we tend to stay away from that term as they don't hover and look nothing like a hoverboard!
The experience of riding a Swegway has been compared to the hoverboard in Back to the Future and it is probably as close as you can get to that until someone actually invents a hoverboard that is!
In fact, the Swegway has many more aliases such a balance boards, Swegweys, Sweg Ways, Mini Segways and two wheeled scooters, it can be quite confusing!
Due to this being a very new product and the presence of some unscrupulous sellers just trying to make a quick buck, there have been many poor quality, cheap and defective Swegways imported from China in order to sell at a large markup and make a quick profit.
This has raised some concerns about the safety of Swegways. There are a number of things to look out for when determining if it is safe to buy a board and we take care to make sure all these requirements are met. See our full guide to Swegway safety.