It’s Christmas in June! The new Ninebot by Segway miniPRO is arriving in the U.S. today. The miniPRO is really a Segway, the brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen, but since he unveiled the mobility device that was supposed to change the way we get around, the company has changed hands several times. Now Segway/Ninebot is owned by Chinese tech giant Xiaomi.
Unlike most hover boards the miniPRO has a pair of solid rubber wheels, a pair of inflatable, 10.5 inch tires and a stem that sticks up from the middle, that is a Knee Control Bar. It fits between your knees and gives the rider a level of stability and control that they might not feel with hoverboards.
It can be also remote controlled via the app and can go 14 miles on one charge of its battery at up to 10 MPH.
The U.S. has new, stricter UL certifications after the rash of hoverboard fires last year and Segway was one of the first to get the new safety certification. Other safety features include headlights and backup lights and a battery indicator.
It also includes app-based anti-theft technology that will launch an alarm if someone other than you tries to touch your miniPRO. The pre-sale is live on Amazon RIGHT NOW and deliveries could happen as soon as the end of the month –and they are just $1000. I want one! Now THIS looks like the 21st century. Watch.