Inline skates that can be attached to any shoe and fit in a backpack. These are Last Miles skates that use a special sleeve that inflates with air before riding and fixes the foot firmly in the shoe. The idea, which came up with three Czech entrepreneurs in the middle of a pandemic, is currently gaining support on the crowdfunding portal Hithit.
The principle of how they work is relatively simple. “The biggest challenge in reducing the size of classic inline skates is to provide sufficient ankle support while riding,” said Filip Obritzhauser, one of the founders. So they figured out how to solve this problem when they decided to use a special sleeve. “A similar solution is used, for example, by rescuers who use inflatable splints to fix the limbs of the injured during transport. The great advantage of this method is that in the folded shape the sleeve takes up almost no space and only the frame with wheels remains,” adds Filip Obritzhauser.
They were introduced to the growing trend of individual passenger transport in Czech cities, where people are increasingly using various shared scooters, bicycles or other innovative means, such as electric longboards. However, they saw that most of these passenger vehicles, due to their large size and weight, are very difficult to combine with public transport or walking.
Due to the fact that the creators themselves like skating, they started looking for compact “inlines”. However, they were surprised to find that there was no similar solution on the market, so they set about producing the first version of folding skates. After months of development and testing, they came up with a fully functional prototype and from there it was only a step towards crowdfunding. Unique folding skates can be purchased at Hithit for a discounted price until the beginning of May.
Source: Tyden.cz by www.tyden.cz.
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