There are always interesting products seen at CeBIT Hannover. All the distributors and manufacturers want to show off their latest products to all the visitors. During the 2015 show, I saw plenty of items, some with lots of potential, others not so, but without a shade of a doubt, the one that caught everyone’s eye was the electrical skateboard. This was being shown to everyone, and the distributors (Europeans and Chinese) were moving through the halls on it.
In the video below, by Peter Italo, one can clearly see these new items, along with other electrical vehicles, like the Tesla car.
New Products Seen At CeBIT 2015: Megaboards
From my point of view, the product is exciting, and easy to ride, but I feel the market is not ready for this item, because of the following reasons:
Price: 700-800 dollars is a bit too steep (and that was the wholesale price). If the price drops, it might be worth checking again. UPDATE September 2015: the wholesale price has dropped to around USD 170. If it drops a little more, it could be the Christmas product we were all looking for!!!
Battery Life: This is limited to only 2 hours
Weight: After the batteries finish, you have to carry the 10kg megaboard to your car, or walk home with it.
Limited areas for use in cities: Certain city governments in countries such as Spain, have banned the use of electrical bicycles and other electrical transport vehicles on boardwalks and other areas only for pedestrians, because of the risk of getting run over by one of these vehicles. Such bans can greatly reduce the profits of small companies that rent or sell such devices (although the good news is that this device can only speed to 10 km/h). I still think there is money to be made here, so keep your eyes on this product. As a novelty item, it should be a huge seller, at the right price.
Drones: Exciting Items but Prices Still to Drop Further
Drones are nice toys for everyone willing to fly them and film video from above. At CeBIT 2015 Yuneec exhibited their latest models, and you can see their booth in the video above. A couple of years back, anyone could buy a drone and fly it. Currently, different countries are requesting the “pilot” to have proper insurance in case anything happens, and also other permits. Also, the amount of “no-fly zones” are increasing, and until city councils create special parks or recreational areas to fly drones, sale will be limited. So now drones are not a consumer item where you can do a quick and huge turnover, but are ideal for professonals like photographers. There is currently a price war happening in this product, with DJI being the leader, so keep an eye on their prices. As long as governments allow drones to fly, or set up special areas to fly them, there is money to be made.