As many others have, I too have felt the need to do something about this overused word Hoverboard. Here at Buzzfeed they keep calling it that even thought they have been corrected over and over again.
Is this term really the appropriate word for these self-balancing devices that actually look a lot like the segways but without the handlebars. Well I would tend to disagree.
Even though you here at Buzzfeed tend to overuse this word it won't stick, people have already told you over and over again to call it by something more appropriate but you insist to keep calling it the way you called it for a while now. Leaving angry and upset readers all over the commentfield spamming about this exact thing. This makes the whole article disappear into thin air and all that comes out of it is the spam and anger for this word you use for these devices.
I have heard probably over 15 different words for these new trendy vehicles and hoverboards must be way down on that list. I would say that hands free segway might be a better word for the use when it comes to these devices.
Hell I even liked the phrase two wheel self-balancing electrical scooter more than I like the use of hoverboard.
For those of you(Buzzfeed) who doesn't seem to understand the difference a hoverboard is a floating/hovering device that actually doesn't touch ground while moving, hence the fantastic name "hover"board. This technology has even been made by Lexus a while back they launched a big video campaign about it. Their first hoverboard it was pretty cool.
For you who do remember back to the future we have now passed the year when they told us we would have these things, they might not be as advanced and fly as high as the one in the movie did but hey it was quite a good guessed date.
back to the future video on youtube
As you can see in the video they are nothing alike. I'm not saying that a hoverboard must look like these but at least they have to operate like the one in BTTF otherwise we would have a problem. It would be a completely different device!
You guys comparing these two devices hands free segways with hoverboards just isn't making sense they are not alike a hoverboard goes sideways just like a skateboard whilst the self-balancing scooter goes back and forth.
Last words, it moves like a segway, has the same technology as the segway and it works just like the segway does. But it is called a hoverboard?