219 Design has a special interest in last mile transportation, having worked on both scooter and bike solutions. In this teardown, we explore the possibilities for the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates. These skates are the latest innovation from Segway, the company that brought us self balancing personal transportation. They’re like mini-hoverboards for each foot. Currently selling for $389 on Amazon with a battery life of about 45 minutes, a top speed of 7.5mph, and a weight of 7.7lbs, could these skates be a last mile solution? Let’s find out!
Here are the areas of interest we’re exploring for this teardown:
1. Toy or Transportation - Are the skates durable enough to be a last mile transportation solution?
2. Short Run vs. Mass Market Product - Are these skates designed to be mass produced?
3. Max Payload Justification - What features drive the weight limit of 220lbs?
A close look at the parts of the Segway Drift W1 e-Skates suggests that they can be a transportation tool, intended to be made on a large scale.
Metal, rather than plastic, forms all load-carrying components, and they added several parts to improve ride quality over long distances. The motor was designed specifically for this application, and some effort was put in o optimizing its efficiency. Many parts were also tooled and designed to minimize machining steps.
Taken together, this leads us to believe that Segway intends for their Drift W1 e-Skates to last a long time as a real transportation option.
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