This Gadget Freak review looks at some gadgets on display during last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- a self-balancing electric skateboard, a sensor family that will keep you on updated and on track, and a protective iPhone battery case with built-in storage. We will also look at a vintage gadget freak that showcases a digital timer for night swimmers.
The Onewheel, a self-balancing electric skateboard, makes you feel like you are surfing or snowboarding when you ride on a flat surface. Controlling the board is easy, simply lean forward when you want to accelerate and lean back to slow down or stop. Learning how to use the board only takes a couple of minutes and people with experience in boardsports are ready to aggressively ride almost as soon as they jump on the board. The reason this board is so easy use is because of the self-balancing technology. Solid-state MEMS and algorithms balance the board around the wheel. The board uses a 500W brushless hub motor and the wheel is the only moving part -- so there are no gears, belts, or chains to maintain.