Posts By Devon Wells

Hoverboards are the future

Hoverboards are the future! They are currently a lot of people’s favorite mode of transportation in the present but they are looked upon as a futuristic item. Each hoverboard is different and a lot of them come with different features. I am going to explain four out of the many different features to look for when you purchase a hoverboard.

One feature available to the consumers are all-terrain compatibility. What that means is that your hoverboard will have a mode where it will be able to go on grass, concrete, sand, soil or anything like that. The best way to see if a board is compatible with those surfaces is to examine the wheels to see if they have better traction than other hover boards on the market. Also, if the particular hoverboard advertises an “all-terrain mode” or an “increased stability”, then you can bet that those are going to be able to ride on those tough surfaces.

Another feature to look for is not something necessarily vital to the riding experience, but it is becoming a must-have if you want to be the life of the party. Bluetooth connectivity is somewhat a new technology when it comes to hoverboards. With speakers attached to the board itself, you will be able to listen to your favorite music to keep you pumped during your rides. It will require a Bluetooth enabled device such as a smartphone or a computer to connect to the board. As of right now, Bluetooth connectivity is the most popular feature when it comes to shopping for hoverboards.

A convenient feature to have when it comes to shopping for a new hoverboard is finding one with an LCD display. One complaint that most hoverboard riders had was never knowing how much battery life they had on their rides. Having an LCD display solves that issue. It will also give off warnings if you are running low on power. Other great advantages that an LCD display has on hoverboards is that it could show you the outdoor temperature along with how fast you have been traveling and many other things as well.

The final feature to look for when buying a new hoverboard is finding one that has the self-balancing technology. We all know that riding a hoverboard comes with the steep learning curve. The self-balancing feature helps alleviate any fears of falling off and hurting oneself. The board itself is programmed to keep you on the hoverboard by counterbalancing whichever direction you are leaning towards. This is a great feature for kids and even older riders that want to enjoy some time on the board without the risk of injuring themselves.

This is just a short list of great features to look for when buying your next hoverboard. We recommend doing some research to see what is important to you in order to maximize your riding experience.

You can choose the right hoverboard

Is your son or daughter asking for a hoverboard for their birthday? Or maybe you are in the market to buy one for yourself. Buying a hoverboard could be a challenging thing especially if you do not know what you are looking for. According to My Self Transport, there are four things to look for when in the market to buy a hoverboard.

The first thing to look for is safety. It is recommended that the hoverboard is UL 2272 licensed. Which means it passes all safety points regarding the battery and the charger system and is not vulnerable to any danger when it comes to riding. There have been several cases of hoverboards catching on fire while riding. The problem lies in the lithium-ion battery. Some manufacturers are notorious for cutting corners and jeopardizing the safety of their customers. Watch out for safety recalls when buying the hoverboard.

The second is looking for buyers with good ratings or reputation. Typically, if the buyer offers you a 30-day money back guarantee, then it is safe to buy from them. You also want to know that the buyer is knowledgeable when it comes to the product. A good way determines that is to carefully inspect their site and see if they are properly equipped with information that you need. Try contacting them and asking any questions that you may have.

The third is looking for hoverboards that ride well on different types of surfaces. Whether it is a rough surface like concrete or gravel or maybe even a surface like grass, you want to make sure that your hoverboard will get you to your destination. It is recommended that you purchase a hoverboard that has large wheels. Specifically, ones that are bigger than the standard 6.5 inches. With that said, it is recommended that you ride on flat surfaces to protect the hoverboard as a whole. 

The fourth and final thing to look for when buying a hoverboard is to make sure that the board that you are going to buy will be able to accommodate the weight of the rider. There are different sized boards that can handle different weight classes. A hoverboard that is 4.5” can handle someone up to 120 lbs. A 6.5” board can handle weight up to 220 lbs. A hoverboard that is 8” can hold someone up to 265 lbs. And a 10” board can hold a maximum load capacity of 330 lbs. Please make sure you are extra careful when choosing your hoverboard.

As you can see, there are several important factors when thinking about buying a new hoverboard. It is great to find a board that looks good or has a nice design on it, but what is more crucial is to find one that is right for you. To ensure the safety and ease of purchasing your new board, it is vital to follow these steps.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

It was late 2014 when I was sitting in front of my computer watching Apple’s keynote when Tim Cook introduced what would now be one of the things I cannot leave my house without. Before then, I was a casual watch wearer. I had a few fancy timepieces, one that I got a present from my parents and another that I got as a wedding present from my in-laws. But I only wore them on special occasions. My wrist was typically naked. Until that one day when I saw the CEO of Apple wearing that watch as he introduced the different features, I fell in love.

No matter how much I loved the product, I was not willing to pay top dollar for the premium Apple Watch, which was close to $500. But I kept my eyes open to see if there were any price drops.

One day, I received a coupon to Target for 20% off of any item. Before I read the fine print, I was sure that Apple products would be excluded from the discount, but to my surprise, it was not. So I confidently took the coupon to my nearest Target and headed towards electronics to find what I’ve been waiting for for so long. I was in luck! They had it in stock! The Target employee rung up the watch applied the discount and voila, I was the newest owner of a brand new Apple Watch.

The car ride home was filled with excitement and joy. My wife was in the passenger seat and could see how happy I was to go home, open it up and start playing with it. I got my little knife that I usually open my new gadgets with and proceeded to rip open the shrink wrap. I opened the box and there it was. Such beauty encapsulated in this little square shaped watch.

I proceeded to set it up. It took a lot longer than I thought it would. But I guess things this complex do not always happen as quickly as we want it to. While it was setting up, I started turning the digital crown, getting used to the feel of it on my wrist. Looking at the sharp images on the beautiful Retina Display on the watch was just amazing.

The setup process was finally complete! I was actually nervous to wear it. Maybe it was the anticipation or maybe it was because I did not want to break it. But that all went away after a few minutes on my wrist.

One of the features of the Apple Watch is receiving notifications and calls right from your wrist. I remember using my wife’s cell phone to call my watch and talk into my watch to talk back. It was amazing! I felt like I was in the old cartoon Dick Tracey where he had a futuristic watch that he used to talk into. Also, I remember getting my first text message and email alert. I could reply back without even bringing my phone out of my pocket. It was life-changing.

Another feature is the fitness tracker. I was typically never one to count my steps because I knew that I always got enough because of my job, but this actually gave me a visual representation of how much I was walking/exercising/standing throughout the day. You can also keep track of your heart rate as well. There are also achievements that you can unlock and rings that you can close if you walk or exercise on consecutive days. This proves how smart the people over at Cupertino are because it makes you want to achieve those goals which means you MUST have it on your wrist at all times. Genius!

Apple Pay is also a feature that is fairly new but something that I use frequently. Until you actually try it and look like a fool doing so, you will understand how convenient it really is. It works almost the same as it would on your phone without actually taking your phone out. Instead, you double-click the button on the watch and hold your wrist up to the card reader, wait for the tone to sound and you’re ready to go. Places like The Apple Store, Best Buy, Panera Bread and other participating locations are where you can use it. I remember getting a few funny looks from people in the beginning but now, it’s actually become normal.

In conclusion, I’ve had several people as recently as last week come up to me and ask me, “is it worth having?” My response is a resounding YES! There really is not much this thing cannot do. Is it perfect? No. There are things that they need to upgrade as far as software and parts of the hardware, but all in all, it’s a product that will be around for years and years to come.