By Nicholas Whitt |Staff Writer|
Hoverboards: an imperfect, annoying design currently being shoved into our lives, ushering the next steps into pure laziness.
They have been banned from schools across the country including ours until otherwise noted due to lack of safety.
The Hoverboard is a device that is an alternative to the act of walking, which propels you at incredible speeds, so you’re never late again.
It finally gives people the ability to be completely lazy while also being on the move, wherever they go. How exciting! Now I can get fatter while moving!
With many people wanting it but not having enough money to purchase the legitimate brands, knock offs were thus created for those individuals.
The standard price to never walk again is currently $700, according to Toys ‘R’ Us.
It seems way too much to pay for something this ridiculous, and many people agree, especially since last month they were selling for $100 a pop outside my barber shop.
However, there is a small issue with the device; it’s a ticking time bomb unless you purchase the expensive ones.
“Charging up your hoverboard? Keep a fire extinguisher nearby,” according to CNET Associate Editor Carrie Mihalcik in an article about hoverboards.
“The federal regulatory agency is now investigating 39 hoverboard fires across 19 states,” said CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson.
The reason for this is an issue with the knock off brand batteries spontaneously combusting into flames or even exploding.
“[The] CPSC staff is focusing on the components of the lithium-ion battery packs as well as their interaction with the circuit boards inside the units,” according to a statement from CPSC Chairman Elliot F. Kaye.
Since this issue first arose, hoverboards have had a lot of negative impacts across the nation.
Founder of Inventist, Shane Chen requested a patent application for “The Hovertrax” in 2013 and sued one of the alleged knock off companies, IO HAWK in June of 2015, according to Market Wire.
Since then, Chen and American businessman and investor Mark Cuban have teamed up to sue all knock offs of the brand.
Cuban is even
going after Walmart due to them selling knock offs.
“They are in for a nightmare,” wrote Cuban in an e-mail correspondence to BuzzFeed News.
Consumers have to deal with the difficulty of finding a legitimate hoverboard brand, however, that is only one of their many concerns.
Wiz Khalifa back in August was arrested while riding one in side of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Khalifa later tweeted “all because I didn’t want to ditch the technology everyone will be using in the next six months. I stand for our generation and our generation is gonna be riding hoverboards.”
Hoverboards have also become a very comical thing on the internet due to the amount of accidents people had while riding.
Incidents that have occurred may have caused the law to pass giving the boards an age restriction of 16 and older in California, also requiring individuals to wear a helmet while riding them or be fined up to $230, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter Greg Lee.
Amazon is currently offering full refunds to those whom have purchased it from them.
Amazon customers who bought hoverboards with ”non-compliant UK plugs” have told individuals to dispose them at a nearby recycling center.
In return, Amazon is issuing full refunds, which customers should expect to receive within three days, according to the BBC.
Hoverboards are a trend that needs to die off in this new year; we should not continue down this path of laziness.
For the past century, America has been trying to become more physically active and create healthier food options since we are considered a country with a high percentage of obesity.
Now, we are in the to becoming like the humans from WALL•E: fat, lazy, and unable to function without machines.