Forget the bikes, rollerblades and skateboards.
This year, there's a hot new set of wheels on the block — the hoverboard is all the rage among young people and has exploded in popularity over the past year.The self-balancing board, similar to a mini Segway without the handle, is about the size of a skateboard.It's controlled by leaning in different directions, which causes the sensors inside to respond to how far you're leaning.
But before you take yours out for a spin, there are a few things you should know.
Hoverboards are not allowed in public spaces around the world, including New York City and the U.K.
They're banned from roads and sidewalks under the Alberta Traffic Safety Act.
"The hoverboard is very similar to the devices that the province describes as a miniature vehicle, like a Segway, electric scooter, pocket bike or motorized skateboard,"
"Miniature vehicles are not permitted on the highway or public sidewalks. They can only be used on private property."and under the city's parks bylaw, hoverboards aren't allowed on pathways also skate park.
"Even Shaw Millennium Park, you couldn't use a hoverboard because it is considered motorized,It's unlikely you'll get a ticket if you're found riding your hoverboard on city streets or pathways, but that could change in the future. Until it happens, many young people are happy to hover close to home.
"Hoverboard fails" have quickly become a popular search term online, and while many people's experiences have been (mostly) harmless, the toys have also caused some significant safety concerns.
They've been banned from flights over concerns about faulty batteries. One hoverboard exploded in a Texas shopping mall, while others have caught fire in homes.
It's challenging to learn how to control the boards,"Once you got into it, you could go pretty fast... and I just thought it was fun just spinning around on it and racing someone walking to see who's faster."
Popular, but attainable!
"Next thing you know, they start getting more and more popular. Customers definitely love them. It's easy to ride, it's new, it's a technologically progressed product. It's unique and it's fun."