If you've ever dreamed of zooming around like the blob-like humans in WALL-E, the future keeps looking better and better. On Monday, Xiaomi revealed an all new self-balancing personal scooter, or the Ninebot Mini, and it appears to be the Chinese technology company's answer to the hip "hoverboard" devices you see tools riding around everywhere.
Best known for its smartphones in China, Xiaomi owns a significant stake in Ninebot, which recently acquired Segway. But unlike the ultra-cool classic Segway scooters often seen carrying lazy mall cops and tour groups, the new device is seemingly targeting a young and hip crowd at the relatively affordable price point of $316 (RMB 1,999), according to a report by Forbes. The Ninebot Mini sports a knee-high handle and is steered by moving your legs thanks to the company's "latest Leansteer technology," which probably means the convenient mobility comes with a potentially painful learning curve. There's also an accompanying smartphone app.