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Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Mankind has always had an obsession with flying. Not just in large metal vehicles, which is probably just a compromise. In both science and fiction, people have tried to develop machines that would propel their bodies into the air and, ideally, let it stay there until they reach their intended destination. It's no Iron Man suit, but French inventor Franky Zapata may have just made some of those dreams come true when he took his kerosene backpack and crossed the English Channel on his futuristic flyboard.

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Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

Hoverboard recall expands after two more house fires

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a new round of recalls concerning various hoverboards, a move that follows two new house fires resulting from faulty boards. The issue of poorly made hoverboards catching on fire span back years now, but news on that front has been somewhat quiet. That changes with the CPSC's latest announcement.

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Segway hack: Hoverboard fires were tip of the iceberg

Segway hack: Hoverboard fires were tip of the iceberg

Hoverboard fires weren't enough to deter some users from rolling these two-wheeled vehicles. Now we've got hackers taking to the streets, too. What one security company found in a popular Segway-brand Hoverboard will be enough to turn your stomach - or at least scrape up your knees as your Hoverboard is remotely commanded to stop, quite abruptly.

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Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Solowheel Iota trades one large wheel for two small ones

Hoverboards are so last year. Or last two years, for that matter. Especially after regulators and retailers cracked down on poorly built and exploding hoverboards, which has seemingly made them vanish from radars. Unfazed, Shane Chen and his company Inventix, creators of the “original” hoverboard “Hovertrax”, is taking another stab at the two-wheeled personal transportation market. Called the Solowheel Iota, it takes after the first Solowheel but with two key differences. One, it’s no longer huge. Two, it’s no longer a solo wheel.

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501,000 hoverboards recalled in US over fire risk

501,000 hoverboards recalled in US over fire risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 501,000 “hoverboards” produced by several companies and sold through two stores. The recall, as anyone familiar with these hoverboard devices will guess, is over potential fire risk. According to the CPSC, the lithium-ion battery packs found in these units may overheat, possibly leading to explosions, fires, or smoking.

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This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

This real hoverboard can soar at 93 mph

It's unfortunate, but the term 'hoverboard' tends to bring up more images of spontaneously-combusting two-wheeled scooters than cool devices that actually hover. Thankfully that trend is slowly starting to die off, largely due to the fact that most of them have been banned from making their way into the country. And that means it's the perfect time to show off something that can really hover.

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US bans all hoverboard imports except Segway’s

US bans all hoverboard imports except Segway’s

The US, through its International Trade Commission or ITC, has formally banned all hoverboard imports coming into the country. But no, this has nothing to do with their safety. In fact, only Segway's hoverboards are except from that import ban. That's because the issue at hand is the consequence of a patent infringement case that surface last year. Practically declaring all other hoverboards to be infringing on Segway's patent, the ITC has decided to block their entry into the US, regardless of their safety.

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US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, but now it is on paper too. 2015 ended badly for the self-balancing, two-wheeled board, with many catching fire and harming their riders. Some manufacturers and a few retailers have started pulling what would be considered deathtraps on wheels, and now there is official government weight to those actions. In a letter to manufacturers, importers, and retailers, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission described these hoverboards as posing an unreasonable risk to fire. That is, unless they meet safety standards. Problem is, none of them currently do.

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Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

We all know that the so-called hoverboards are bad news. In addition to making you look really stupid, they can also cause some serious damage. The US Office of Compliance and Field Operations recently compiled a report on the devices, and sent it to "Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters."

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US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

US Customs officials intercept 16k faux hoverboards

The United States Customs and Border Protection has announced that it confiscated more than 16,000 counterfeit hoverboards worth more than $6,000,000 USD. These counterfeit hoverboards, like ones before them, are potential safety hazards; more than a few faux hoverboards have caught on fire, prompting airlines, the postal service, and more to ban them.

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New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

New York’s MTA says to keep your hoverboard off the subway

Hoverboards: some of them have been catching fire, and many companies have banned them all as a result, doing so out of safety concerns. In a statement today, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency (MTA) announced that hoverboards are most certainly banned from the New York City Subway, as well as NYC’s buses, the Metro-North, Long Island Raid Road, Staten Island Railway, and the Access-A-Ride.

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Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

Amazon offers refunds on all hoverboards

The so-called “hoverboards” were pretty popular for a while last year, though their sales have sharply declined over the last couple of months. The reason for the decline is partially because the devices have been found to catch fire and even burn down houses while recharging. The other reason it that most retailers have simply stopped selling them. But one retailer is going a step further, and voluntarily offering refunds.

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