Toy Fair: Orbitwheels, the monowheels you can wear

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Our pal Nate Heasley is popping around at Toy Fair finding the stuff we missed, when instead he should be manning his booth to promote his award-winning board game, Wits And Wagers.

I've always been a fan of monowheels, the hubless design that has a certain ascetic simplicity. So I was psyched to see that some folks had decided to take that concept and make monowheels for your feet. The Orbitwheel skates are just two monowheels (okay, so there's a bit of a contradiction there) that you step in to and then move around on by making an s-pattern with your feet. When someone is good at it (as the guy at ToyFair is) it's actually very graceful, like a figure skater.

When learning, as I was, it's not exactly quite as graceful. Well, at least there's no chance of gerbiling like in a real monowheel. Available from Inventist.com for $120. – Nate

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  1. Looks cool, but I’d like to see someone stop it at high speed. Do they just turn the wheels perpendicular to the direction of travel and then grind to a stop with the wheels. And how much is the cost of replacing the wheels.

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