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    There were more than toys at Toy Fair.

    It’s not a toy, but it was at Toy Fair! 

    One that was getting an awful lot of attention at the Javits Center was the IO Hawk, which the company calls the revolution in personal transportation.  Basically the IO Hawk is similar to a Segway, minus the standup handlebar and dashboard. The IO Hawk is lighter too, at about 22 pounds. Having ridden a Segway briefly in a huge ballroom at a press event, and just standing on an IO Hawk at the Javits, I'd says it takes a bit more practice to balance on the IO Hawk. The standup handlebar, much larger wheels, plus a bigger platform to stand-on, makes the Segway feel more secure when you first get on. I think there's a much longer learning cuvre with the IO Hawk, but there are things you can do with it, than you can do with a Segway. The IO Hawk goes forward when you lean forward, and back when you lean back. You stop by standing up straight. That's similiar to a Segway. But at 22 pounds you can take the IO Hawk with you pretty much any place. The weight load is 265 pounds and the spokesperson said you can go 10 to 12 miles on one 3-hour charge. There’s one set of lights on the IO Hawk which stay steady if you face them forward, or they blink, if you turn it so they're rear facing. The only indicator on the IO Hawk is an LED battery monitor which you can see when you look down. The IO Hawk is a high-tech device and not inexpensive at $1799.99.


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