Gadget Review: UKick
Formers Dragons' Den reject set to sell out this Christmas...
First of all, can I just say how much fun UKick actually is?
I was slightly dubious about how much I would enjoy it, as I'm not an owner of the sporty gene.
However, I was pleasantly surprised when I first got my hands on one. Whilst being described as a fusion between street football and badminton, you don't have to be the next Messi or a pro badminton player to be any good at it.
It is very easy to pick up, and once you've got it, it's like riding a bike. You can't un-get it, if you understand what I mean. It's actually also pretty addictive, and I can regularly be seen kicking it about in my house.
Its design compliments its ease of use. It is formed of a base and some feathers. It sounds pretty simplistic, but the devil is in the detail. Whilst being a simple design, UKick flies fantastically. With additional weights that you can remove and add, the difficulty can be increased or decreased, depending on your skill level. Customisable and Tradable discs are also being introduced, and the idea is that you can trade with your mates, and collect the discs.
UKick originiates from an ancient Middle Eastern game. The developer, David, was on his travels when he discovered the game. He started playing it with the locals. He was hooked! When he returned to the UK, he decided that he wanted to make something like that game for the world to play.
UKick first came into the spotlight on Dragon's Den. The dragons liked the concept initially, and den heavyweight Kelly Hopkins said, "it's got legs, this thing." However, David and his business partner, Phil Law, did not meet their required investment, of £60k for a 25% share. Undeterred by their rejection, David and Phil continued to develop UKick, and it is now set to sell out at Hamley's this Christmas.
UKick is retailing for £8 on the Hamley's website, and is the perfect gift for kids and adults alike! I would highly recommend buying it, and I am sure you will get as much enjoyment as I get out of mine!
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