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Unraveling the Mystery: Who Invented the Wheeled Hoverboard?

In today’s fast-paced world, electric scooters and personal transportation devices have become incredibly popular. Among these, the hoverboard with wheels has carved out a significant niche, fascinating users with its self-balancing technology. But who is the mastermind behind this innovative mode of transportation?

The concept of a hoverboard, a skateboard without wheels that floats above the ground, was popularized by the science fiction film 'Back to the Future Part II.' However, real-world physics demands wheels for traction, giving rise to the 'hoverboard' that we know today — a self-balancing two-wheeled board.

The credit for inventing the wheeled hoverboard goes to Shane Chen, an American businessman, and inventor. Chen holds a patent for a 'two-wheel, self-balancing vehicle with independently movable foot placement sections', which he initially brought to life through his company Inventist in 2013 with the release of the 'Hovertrax.'

Chen’s innovation took the market by storm, quickly becoming one of the hottest gadgets. However, the technology underwent rapid evolution and proliferation. Numerous other companies entered the fray, producing similar wheeled hoverboards and sometimes infringing on patents in the process, leading to a flurry of legal battles.

Despite this contention, the growth of the electric scooter and hoverboard industry has been driven by a shared goal: to provide eco-friendly, efficient, and convenient transportation. The hoverboard with wheels, thanks to Chen's ingenuity, has become a symbol of this movement, capturing the imagination of rideable technology enthusiasts around the globe.

With its dynamic functionality and engaging user experience, it’s no wonder that the wheeled hoverboard has emerged as a significant trendsetter in the realm of personal transportation devices. Its story is a testament to human innovation and the quest for creating exciting new ways to move through our world.

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