It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s the IO Hawk.
You read that correctly. An Intelligent Personal Mobility Device.
Several students on campus are riding a two-wheel rechargeable innovation that many are starting to see either in their dorms or around on campus.
Kendal Jackson, a junior and is majoring in psychology, has been one of the first at Notre Dame College to be seen riding the self-balancing motorized scooter that looks like a Seqwey but without handles and is compared to a sideways skateboard; one that fits close around the feet.
Many know it as a hoverboard.
Prior to transferring to Notre Dame, Jackson rode his IO Hawk at Iowa Central Community College. He said people who saw him on it here and there have been impressed and surprised.
“I started a trend,” said Jackson.
After he started riding the transporter on campus, he said he then saw other students riding versions of the IO Hawk. The device is about two feet wide and weighs around 20 pounds. It can run at speeds up to 6 mph.
Some of the other students maneuvering about on what looks like the air, include several wrestlers as well.
Freshman wrestler Briton Shelton, who is majoring in sports management, was riding his in the Falcon Cafe. He seemed comfortable and not too worried about falling.
“It is an easier way to get around,” he said.
Several students said they were unaware of the new invention, especially when given just the name. But when they saw a picture, they said they were familiar.
Senior Scott Pence had a go at riding an IO Hawk for the first time just recently. He said after his first experience once he got used to balancing on the scooter, maneuvering on it become easier.
Jackson said he has been stopped by students and faculty while he is riding his IO Hawk. They usually want to know two things: How does it work and how much does it cost.
Depending on the make and model, the scooters can cost anywhere from $300 to $1,300.
“I want one so bad, but I can’t afford it,” said a freshman who declined to give a name. “This is a cool invention. It is a new way of walking as well at transportation.”
Most students said the trick to riding an IO Hawk is all about body movement and, of course, balance.
After Pence had his opportunity to ride the new invention, he was hooked, too.
“I have never been on one of these things before,” he said. “I may actually get one.”
For additional information on this new trend for getting around, check out the IO Hawk website.