Yanmar introduces the Wheeebo

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Users lean in the direction they want to go and Wheeebo glides across the water.

Users lean in the direction they want to go and Wheeebo glides across the water.

Yanmar’s new Wheeebo is a circle-shaped hoverboard with an electric motor. The Japanese marine engine and equipment manufacturer announced it today.

The Wheeebo user has a hand-controlled remote and when he or she leans in a direction, sensors on the board detect the change in weight distribution and adjust the propeller under the board to move the Wheeebo across the water.

The board is available in two diameters, 55” and 59”, and it has a maximum speed of about 3.5 mph. The electric motor is powered by a nickel-hydrogen battery and operation time is estimated at 60 minutes on a single charge. The speed is controlled by a hand-held remote, with two acceleration modes.

In a statement, Yanmar said it expects the Wheeebo to be used at lakes, beaches and other areas where the water is calm. Click here to check out a video of it in action.

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