Xiaomi has made its mark as an industry-leading provider of smartphone-centric products such as air and water filters, fitness trackers and smart home gadgets, but with its latest product unveiling the Ninebot mini it has ventured into personal transport devices as well. Available to Chinese users starting November 3rd with single charges lasting 22 kilometers or more per charge it promises a breakthrough moment in personal transport devices.
Self-balancing scooters don't feature handles; rather they detect leg movements to predict where riders want to go and make their decisions accordingly. Smartphone apps provide control, showing speedometer readings and providing insight into system status.
The Xiaomi Ninebot mini weighs in at 12.8 kilograms and can travel 22 km on one charge, reaching speeds of 16km per hour at 16kph while climbing inclines up to 15 degrees - yet is compact enough to fit in the trunk of any car!
Notable for its impressive specifications and ability to automatically follow users, the Ninebot mini's main attraction lies in its automatic following capability. When riding it, its sensors will respond accordingly and ensure it never loses you if you take an unintended turn or stop to chat with friends. Furthermore, you can use an app on your phone to remotely control it as well as see traffic data and fault detection capabilities.
As an added feature, the Ninebot mini comes equipped with ground lighting so you can navigate safely in low light environments. Set it to follow a specific route and it will notify your phone when nearing its destination; additionally, its app provides information on battery life so you can plan accordingly.
To prevent yourself from losing your ride, purchase a telescopic arm that attaches to the front of the scooter and extends up to several metres - perfect for picking up objects quickly or climbing stairs! In contrast to similar products, Ninebot mini is equipped with anti-lock brakes and an inbuilt gyroscope, helping protect it from colliding into things if you aren't paying attention when riding it.
While this device looks amazing, most of us probably aren't ready to ditch our cars just yet. There are still numerous barriers standing in the way of electric vehicles becoming part of everyday life, from regulatory hurdles to lack of charging stations. Still, technology will no doubt develop more interesting solutions for getting around easier in time for 2019.