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Xiaomi launches electric scooter/hoverboard

  • Hiral Patel
  • October 20, 2015
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Xiaomi unveiled a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter that travels almost 14 miles between charges.

The Ninebot Mini is a self-balancing scooter or “hoverboard,” as these devices are now for better or worse, being called. Ninebot is using the same cut-price tactics that made Xiaomi famous, touting that the Ninebot Mini costs a quarter of the price of other comparable self-balancing scooters in China, at $316, or approx. Rs. 20,500. For now the device is only being sold in China.

Unlike most hoverboards and a little like the iconic Segway it features a knee-high handle. Xiaomi calls it a steering stick that “detects the movement of the rider’s legs using Ninebot’s latest Leansteer technology.”

The device comes with a mobile app that allows you to control the scooter’s movement (raising the prospect of steering its rider too), and to set an alarm if the scooter is moved.

Xiaomi says the Ninebot Mini can travel 22 kilometers on a single charge, at a top speed of 16 kilometers an hour. It can support a weight of up to 85 kg and is relatively lightweight itself at 12.8 kg.

The device is the first product that Ninebot has launched since buying Segway, which the company describes as a “wholly-owned subsidiary.”

Apart from Ninebot mini, Xiaomi also launched its brand new Mi TV 3, priced at CNY 4,999 (approximately Rs. 51,000). It will be going on sale in China starting November 3.

The company also revealed separate Mi Subwoofer, priced at CNY 599 (approximately Rs. 6,100), which sports an aluminum body and can be connected to the TV via Bluetooth. A Bluetooth voice remote control was also introduced at the event priced at CNY 99 (approximately Rs. 1,000).

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