A relatively recent fad, the Shivverskate stores a moderately impressive amount of kinetic energy in molecular flywheels and releases it as a standing sonic wave beneath itself, allowing a relatively frictionless interface with the ground in a standard-gravity environment.
In some less well defended regions, shivverskaters have taken to using their boards as both transport and weapons of choice, as the standing sonic wave can be adjusted with any of many relatively common nanotic toolsets to one of several protein-curdling frequencies. (This typically reduces the energy efficiency of the device by some moderately large percentage).
Text by John B
Initially published on 16 February 2003.