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Unveiling the Real Name of 'Hoverboards': Electric Self-Balancing Scooters Explained

You see them on the streets, in malls, and inside tech stores. They're ridden by kids and adults alike, buzzing quietly as they glide across the floor. But what are hoverboards But what are hoverboards really called?? Despite the futuristic name, 'hoverboards' do not actually hover. The correct term for these trendy gadgets is 'electric self-balancing scooters.'

These electric scooters consist of a platform for the rider, situated between two wheels that are powered by electric motors. Riders control the speed and direction through subtle movements of their feet and body, making them highly intuitive to use. The term 'hoverboard' caught public attention due to its resemblance to the floating skateboards seen in science fiction, such as in the 'Back to the Future' film series. However, these devices do not levitate like the ones in the movies.

Electric self-balancing scooters became mainstream around 2015 and quickly grew in popularity due to their ease of use and fun factor. It's no surprise that people are drawn to these scooters; they're battery-operated, portable, and eco-friendly, making them an excellent choice for short commutes and recreational rides. As a leading electric scooter website, we aim to provide accurate information to help you understand and choose the best electric rideables for your needs. Whether you call them hoverboards or electric self-balancing scooters, one thing is for sure – they're a revolutionary step in personal transportation technology.

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