The W SCOOTER was one of those Indiegogo/Kickstarter products that never really gained much steam when it launched 6 years ago. The product was intended to be a collapsible scooter that could be worn around the consumer’s waist to be transported when not in use.
It seems like a good idea in theory, but it’s not surprising that this product didn’t catch when you watch the product video.
Check it out below, and we’ll discuss further afterwards.
“Have you ever wanted to get somewhere fast but always had the problem of where to put your bike? Of course you could have taken your skateboard but you haven’t learned to jump the curves yet. And there is always the dilemma of where to put your ride. Well, we have come up with a perfect solution.
The w scooter is a foldable scooter that you can wear. That’s right, after getting where you want to go, you can fold it up and carry it on your waste. It fits your body perfectly and when you want to bolt, you just whip it out and go!”
Again, it seems like a decent idea in theory, but the product video raised some glaring design flaws for me.
First off, where do you put your pushing foot when you’re not pushing? They never show the rider doing anything but pushing in the video, but anybody who has ridden a scooter knows that you need a place to rest that foot and leg while you’re gliding after a good push.
Second, I don’t think many people would be willing to strap that scooter around their waist while they’re walking around town. It seems unpractical if you wanted to sit, and you might get some funny looks with wheels sticking out from under your shirt.
I think W SCOOTER could have had a better chance if they would have made it slightly larger to make it possible to rest your foot, but still small enough to fit in a backpack.
There’re probably thousands, if not millions, of college kids and city commuters that would be willing to shove a scooter in their pack rather than wear it around their waist.
Again, I think it’s a halfway decent idea, and I hope the designers haven’t completely given up yet. I think there could be a market for a product like this if done correctly.