Saturday, April 16, 2016

The rise and fall of the hoverboard


About a month after U.S. officials declared hoverboards unsafe, Martha Stewart - long the undisputed queen of American domestic excellence - is delighting as she rides one barefoot through a posh hallway on her way to a celebrity dinner. 

The sight is so familiar now that it's almost cliché: a celebrity on a hoverboard, gushing childlike exuberance, as her entourage looks on and waits for the inevitable social media post. 

But no matter what you think of Stewart or her (lack of) skill in piloting a "self-balancing electric scooter" (the semi-official name for hoverboards), the scene sends a clear message: Hoverboards are officially over.  Read more...

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