219 Design has a special interest in last mile transportation, having worked on both scooter and bike solutions. In this teardown, we work with Fictiv manufacturing to explore the possibilities for the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates. These skates are the latest innovation from Segway, the company that brought us self balancing personal transportation. They’re like mini-hoverboards for each foot. Currently selling for $389 on Amazon with a battery life of about 45 minutes, a top speed of 7.5mph, and a weight of 7.7lbs, could these skates be a last mile solution? Let’s find out!
Here are the areas of interest we’re exploring for this teardown:
1. Toy or Transportation – Are the skates durable enough to be a last mile transportation solution?
2. Short Run vs. Mass Market Product – Are these skates designed to be mass produced?
3. Max Payload Justification – What features drive the weight limit of 220lbs?Date published: 02/11/2019