I hadn’t ridden a hoverboard — the increasingly popular self-balancing rideable that definitely doesn’t hover — before today. I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to; I can’t skate for the life of me, and have a habit of falling off moving things at CES. But after spending some time with the upcoming new model from Swagway, one of the biggest hoverboard makers, I have a much better idea of why they exploded in popularity over the past year.
Even if they really don’t hover.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.