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In the future, plant managers may want to invest in motorized shoes. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, an entrepreneur unveiled battery-powered skates that strap onto shoes.
According to Peter Treadway, spnKiX are controlled by a hand-held wireless remote device. Thanks to lightweight materials, electric motors and rechargeable lithium batteries (one battery pack per foot), the skates boast a top speed of 10 mph.
All hardware and electronics are integrated into a frame made out of fiber- reinforced nylon. Users vary the throttle with a continuously variable speed control.
“After spending years researching, designing and developing a variety of different prototypes, the miniaturization of certain technologies found in smart phones, laptops and radio-controlled cars has finally made it possible for us to integrate them all into a pair of shoes,” says Treadway.
ASSEMBLY’s intrepid wordsmiths may have to get our paws on this newfangled contraption and take it for a road test . . .