Post Modern Skateboard has no board, just two wheels

Two unconnected wheels along with a good sense of balance power a new take on the old skateboard.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Post Modern Skateboard
Ride the rings with annular skates. Hammacher Schlemmer

When a product shows up on the pages of the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, you know it's bound to be entertaining. The Post Modern Skateboard certainly fits that description. You might notice the almost complete lack of resemblance to a skateboard as we know it. This product consists of two 10-inch round wheels with foot platforms inside.

A better description would be "annular skates." "Annular" just means ring-shaped. "Skates" is self-explanatory. Forward movement is created by leaning side to side, a process that looks like it would take some practice. An extendable rod is included to connect the two skates together for easier learning.

A demonstration video shows practiced riders cruising down sidewalks, making tight spins and rolling over grass lawns.

The $99.95 (about £68, AU$131) Post Modern Skateboard seems to be more spiritually akin to a caster board than to a skateboard. A caster board is a two-wheeled, human-powered vehicle with a board that rotates in the center. The serpentine motion required to get it to move looks a lot like what's needed to propel the Post Modern Skateboard.

This may lead to some deep philosophical questions. Is it really a skateboard if it has no board? Why isn't it available in glowing "Tron" colors? Will it ever be accepted at the X-Games? The Post Modern Skateboard may never become the phenomenon rollerblades were in the late '80s, but it could become the perfect vehicle for expressing your postmodern personal-transportation angst.

Post Modern Skateboard with bar
An extendable bar can hook the skates together. Hammacher Schlemmer