Rollerblades come with brakes that lets users slow themselves down or come to a stop. This is a pretty standard feature that we can expect on pretty much all models. However, in case you wanted to make your pair of rollerblades a bit more hi-tech, you might be interested in checking out Stopskate’s offerings.
The company is showing off at CES 2020 what they are calling the world’s first electronic brake system for inline skates. These are basically aftermarket brakes that you can attach to your existing rollerblades, where together with a remote control, you can actually slow yourself down or come to a stop by pressing a button
As to why anyone would need this, basically if you’re familiar with rollerblading or rollerskating, you know that the brakes aren’t necessarily instantaneous. This means that in emergencies or when you need to brake very quickly, it can be a bit difficult. However, with Stopskate’s brakes, based on the video we’re seeing, it looks like you can come to a complete stop in no time.
It also addresses the somewhat natural way of braking with inline blades which involves users have to lean one foot backwards to engage the brake.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, Stopskate is selling its brakes on its website starting at $249, with plans to begin shipping them out to customers by the end of February 2020. You can find more information about compatibility on the company’s website as well.