If ultimate frisbee, chess boxing, and FlingGolf have taught the world anything, it’s that people dig hybrid sports. For whatever reason, combining two or more popular games into a new, significantly less popular one happens a lot. Or, at least, enough that it should come as no surprise that somebody recently melded soccer with air hockey. It’s called Electric Air Hover Ball (EAHB) and it’s only a matter of time before it takes American homes by storm. Maybe?
Essentially, EAHB is a 7.5-inch disc that uses an internal fan to hover over the floor like an air hockey puck. It has internal LEDs that light up and looks like a size four soccer ball had a threesome with a Roomba and the memory game Simon. As you would imagine, play resembles both soccer and hockey. There are two opposing 16-inch goals and kids ages 3+ try to kick the puck into them. It reportedly glides on “wood, linoleum, polished concrete, and even low-pile carpet” (so no matter where you fall in the big carpet versus hardwood debate, you can still play). A non-marking foam bumper is supposed to protect the furniture and walls while allowing the disc to bounce off them. One reviewer on Amazon said stuff still got broken but maybe their kid just has the leg of a future Ronaldo. Either way, it can also be played outside on the street or driveway.
Whether Electric Air Hover Ball ever catches on is anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: if it doesn’t it won’t be because of price. The game costs only $15 online and requires little more than 4 “AA” batteries.