It’s the new form of green transport that combines some of the most exciting ‘extreme’ methods of getting around already out there.
Canadian inventor Luis Duarte has combined the rollerskate, scooter and skateboard into a single device that attaches to a shoe.
Called the Rockit SFS (Single Foot Skate), said it would revolutionise riding in urban areas and help commuters, dog walkers and children alike.
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The Rockit SFS (Single Foot Skate) will ‘revolutionise’ riding in urban areas, according to inventor Luis Duarte
Mr Duarte said it combines a rollerskate, scooter and skateboard into one single foot accessory
He added the device would appeal to ‘extreme riders’ as well as commuters, dog walkers and children
He also expects it to appeal to ‘extreme’ riders who will want to learn tricks and daring manoeuvres.
Mr Duarte said green groups are also supporting the idea as it will reduce carbon emissions by giving those who would take their car for a short journey to save time an alternative quick option.
The Rockit skate works by strapping in one foot and pushing with the other and has a handy foot rest on the back to place the pushing foot when you reach momentum.
Mr Duarte said: ‘Rockit SFS is simple, compact, safe, user friendly and a lot of fun. Why walk it? When you can Rockit?
‘It gives you better control and mobility. You can jump on the bus without stopping to take off the skate, go up and down stairs and kerbs without having to pick up a skateboard or sit down to change inline skates for shoes.
One foot is strapped into the skate, pictured, while the other is used to push the wearer along
The skate, pictured, is designed to be ‘simple, compact, safe, user-friendly and a lot of fun’
‘It also means you can stop and turn easier when you want to.
‘But we expect it to appeal to the more ‘extreme’ users as well, creating a sub-culture of XSFS enthusiasts who will develop new tricks and manoeuvres.
‘The level of excitement we get from customers at events and when people are riding the Rockit SFS is amazing. We haven’t met anyone in our target market that didn’t want one.
‘Kids are super intrigued by the skate, as no one has seen anything as simple and easy to ride, and parents feel it’s safer than other products in this category.
‘Injection molding is an expensive start-up, but the most cost-effective method in the long run. This is the only method we have found that will work to keep retail prices affordable for the broader market of riders.
Mr Duarte is using Kickstarter to try to raise £2,050 to make a biodegradable version of the skate
‘Then we will be able to start filling the hundreds of orders from people who have been waiting to get a Rockit SFS.’
Mr Duarte from Toronto, Canada, came up with the idea after buying shoes with wheels in the bottom that he found were painful to wear.
They broke soon after he purchased them and while fixing the shoes he was inspired to create Rockit.
The skate straps over any type of shoe and is compact enough to fit in backpacks and lockers.
The low-to-gravity design has been focused around safety for all ages.
In the last five years, wood and aluminium models of the skate have been made, but these were not cost effective for retail.
Now Mr Duarte has appealed via crowdfunding website Kickstarter for £2,050 for creative design engineering to make a biodegradable plastic injection molded version.
He is hoping to deliver a skate for around £49 by summer 2017.