It’s a little inside baseball, but if you’re one of the many journalists, vendors, tech enthusiasts, or fitness fans heading to Las Vegas next month for CES, you know that the convention is never short on newfangled things to look at, blinking gadgets, and all sorts of other wacky stuff that may or may not ever come to fruition.
It’s rare to find a product category that isn’t covered at CES. And while you’re sure to see all kinds of “hoverboards” on display at the convention, don’t expect to see any geeks (or savvy members of the press who are tired of getting sore feet each year) whizzing by.
“Wheeled transport devices (with or without motors) are not permitted at any CES venue. This includes hoverboards, skateboards, uniwheels and all similar products,” the Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, said in astatement.
Hoverboards are new additions to the list. Previously, it’s been understood that any kind of wheeled devices aren’t allowed on the show floor save for those who truly need them. And even then, if you’re using a Segway, you can only drive it around the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands/Venetian areas.
And, as The Verge notes, conventional scooters and wheelchairs are available to rent from a number of locations.
That said, we fully expect there to be quite a few smart people thinking they can just roll into CES with their light-sparkling hoverboards. They’re undoubtedly in for a rude awakening when they attempt to do so, as nobody wants to have to carry around one’s CES gearand a hoverboard. That is, if it doesn’t burst into flames first.