Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. There are a few things that will always be cool. Today, the skateboard has finally been perfected for those of us looking to remove all the work involved -- with an electric motor and a wireless controller. Utilizing a powerful motor with a seven-mile range and a top speed of 12 MPH, this electric skateboard has all the style of a normal skateboard with none of that inconvenient "becoming exhausted" and "having to carry it up steep hills." And the learning curve is basically nil.
Take a roomy backpack and put a motorized skateboard inside and you have the mobile Movpak. This colorful backpack is a traditional rolling bag that adds a skateboard that can do 20 mph. It can get you to work, as long as you live within its 10 mile range. The premise behind the Movpak is to provide a full rolling backpack for trips. It can be used for the daily wanderings that many professionals make, and it is a complete method of transportation for traveling.
Electric skateboards are frequently fast, but nimble? Not so much -- even Boosted's Mini boards are meant more for cruising that bobbing and weaving. Riptide might have a solution. It just launched the R1 Black, a variant on the R1 meant to deliver surfboard-like carving. A Surf Adapter from Waterborne Skateboards gives it turning performance about three times better than standard R1 models, and shouldn't sacrifice stability in the process -- you shouldn't have trouble making an evasive maneuver at high speed.
Its latest model, the Spectra X, is more Airbnb than Bird though. Instead of picking up and dropping the boards off anywhere, Walnut allows individual owners of their skateboards to rent them out through an app. Those looking for a ride can search for the nearest skateboard, initiate a conversation with the owner and pay them for the rental through the app. Seen for the first time at CES, Spectra X is yet to launch, but will likely arrive in China in March, according to a representative. It will be waterproof and comes with a replaceable and rechargeable battery.