Polish inventor Jack Skopinski
: a set of battery-powered "off-road" rollerblades that handle dirt trails as well as they do city streets. Each boot is outfitted with a 350 W DC motor that propels the rider for up to 12 miles at speeds topping 9 MPH. Rather than proper wheels, these rollerblades sit atop rubber treads enabling riders to scoot across grass, gravel and dirt tracks with ease, if the promotional video (below) is any indication. The entire system is controlled by a wired, hand-held remote.
The boots are pretty pricey for a last mile commute solution given their $1,400 price tag. Plus, at 11 pounds for the pair, these blades are going to be a pain to haul around should you deplete their charge before reaching your destination. That said, Skopinski is reportedly planning to adapt this tech to traditional, 2 x 8 rollerblades in the near future.
This article by Andrew Tarantola originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.