What is a Swegway?

2015 was a great year for science, many researchers made astounding breakthroughs and all kinds of new technologies hit the market, one of the most popular devices to be introduced in 2015 were the hover boards, self-balancing boards that took the world by storm and turned into trending sensations, even though they didn’t actually hover. Hover boards are also called Swegways, these balancing scooters consist of a platform with two wheels attached, a person stands on the platform and moves the scooter by guiding it with their feet, there are many reasons why these devices became so popular, the biggest being that these devices were one of the hottest topics on the internet.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In today’s age social media plays a great importance in our lives, when something becomes viral on social media or turns into a trending topic it automatically turns into a favorite of many people. The Swegway was designed as a personal transportation device that is compact and practical, in its early months the device went through plenty of problems but all of its shortcomings were quickly addressed by the manufacturers. By the end of the year, everyone wanted a Swegway, either to move around more easily on the sidewalks or just to show off to their friends.

A large variety of Swegway models are still available in the market, almost every model comes with built-in Bluetooth speakers and LED lighting that improve their aesthetics, many companies chose to market their Segways on social media through celebrities since celebrities have a lot of influence on trends and the Swegway was pretty much a trend. The device lost its popularity for a while but now that Christmas is coming closer everyone has their eyes on them again. These devices are planning on sticking around and might even turn into more practical items in the near future.