Longboards are a popular type of skateboard for commuting, as their extra length allows them to track well in a straight line. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we're seeing an increasing number of electric longboards hitting the market. One problem with them, however, is that their long form factor makes them awkward to carry around when not in use. That's why Linky was created. It's a folding electric longboard, that fits inside its own bag.
Developed by a group of Italian entrepreneurs, the 4.9-kg (10.8-lb) Linky features a main structure made from a high-strength polymer, combined with a deck consisting of carbon fiber on the bottom and bamboo on top.
Its brushless permanent magnet motor is located in the front (driving the front wheels), and is powered by a 100-Wh lithium-ion battery pack. One 60-minute charge should be good for a range of 15 km (9 miles) at a top speed of 30 km/h (18 mph). Additionally, because the battery is calibrated to meet IATA regulations, Linky can reportedly be taken aboard airliners as carry-on luggage.
Speed and braking are controlled using a wireless handheld remote, while riding modes (Eco, Cruise and Sport) are selected between using an iOS/Android app. An LED headlight can also be activated, when riding on dark streets.
The accompanying bag is being made in three versions – two knapsacks and one travel bag – that accommodate varying amounts of extra "stuff" besides the board itself.
If you're interested, Linky is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign. A pledge of €899 (about US$1,000) will presently get you a board with the basic bag, assuming all goes according to plans. Hopefully it will have better luck than the Caseboard, a folding electric skateboard that incorporated its own carrying case, and that failed to meet its funding goal.
Linky can be seen in action, in the following video.
UPDATE (Oct. 21/16): Linky has now moved its crowdfunding campaign to Indiegogo.
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