Better than Skates or Skateboards; It’s Even Got Brakes

It’s not a half-baked attempt to tout a new Segway and neither is it replacing the rollerblades; StepGlider is in a league of its own. Using the natural swagger of us humans as its inspiration, this new kind of travel mode guarantees stability as it causes a linear locomotion which gives us a sense of safety. As Thomas describes it, “The momentum is caused by the correlation between walking and a force among the hands and a gearbox, through which an accelerated movement is obtained.”

You can’t expect the older generation adopting StepGlider, but the weary middle-age folks may find it a fascinating ride. It is a comforting thought to know that it has a braking system in place and all you need to practice is your natural walk, for it to glide. Check out the video that makes this mode of transportation an easy breeze.

Designer: Thomas Van Halewyck

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StepGlider Human Powered Vehicle by Thomas Van Halewyck

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20 Comments

  • JJduPz says:

    Fantastic concept. Will it however be able to manage slightly rougher terrain ? Is this commercially available yet ?

  • MB says:

    My god! Brakes of the kind that you are talking about is spelt b-r-a-k-e-s. You’re meant to be a journalist!

  • tudza says:

    Way too many parts for what are essentially roller skates, and who want these poles attached to their feet? It’s like putting a motor on a Frisbee or something.

  • liqqy says:

    Do you really need to hang on to that stick?

  • weshwesh says:

    It’s for the coming grandpas skater generation. Or for the fans of nordic-skiing. for the oldschool 😛

  • Alex says:

    Anything with this many gears will have severe reliability problems. Other than this it’s a nice idea.

  • AlienzExist says:

    I like new propulsion mechanisms. But it seems like you can do the same job with roller skates and ski poles.

  • M.S.W. says:

    Reminds me of the push backwards to rev up toy cars.

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  • shushu says:

    Lmao… why would anyone use this over rollerblades or skateboard etc.

    This looks worse than any of the mid night infomercial "fun" toys we see at midnight.

    COMPLETE FAIL.

  • Abby George says:

    Can't finalize about the product without using it. Looks a great idea to me,but i dont think this has the potential to become popular.

  • Dan says:

    Great idea. Have you also considered a product using your movement mechanics with a more protective frame? i.e – Could some of your movement concepts be utilized with a “stepping motion” and incorporated with a skeleton Segway or some type of standing tricycle?

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