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Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby Lmo » January 26th, 2014, 1:06 pm

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Cool, fly by wire(less). What's the go-button look like?
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Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » January 26th, 2014, 5:38 pm


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Lmo wrote:Cool, fly by wire(less). What's the go-button look like?


We're just using a RC car controller for the time being, so the throttle is a finger trigger. We're going to finalize the controller in the next design revision.

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby Lmo » January 26th, 2014, 6:28 pm

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I would imagine that after the first, serious, bail the controller might take a beating.

Between the board, the controller (assuming you go the proprietary route), the battery and it's charging system, I'm thinkin' you'll really be pushing the envelop to make your retail price point. $4K USD seems short.
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Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby nxakt » January 26th, 2014, 6:56 pm

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The electric skateboards I have worked on have an antennae contact in the handle that turns the body into an antennae and a wire loop receiver embedded in the top of the board. The system is designed to only function when the rider is standing on top of the board or very close. This prevents a lot of different situations, remote starting of the board being one of them. Are you using such a system?

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » January 27th, 2014, 7:37 am


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Lmo wrote:I would imagine that after the first, serious, bail the controller might take a beating.

Between the board, the controller (assuming you go the proprietary route), the battery and it's charging system, I'm thinkin' you'll really be pushing the envelop to make your retail price point. $4K USD seems short.


We've done a cost analysis for making just 50 (for Kickstarter), and we are confident that it'll fall within $4K USD :D
And given that our base currency will be AUD, we've got fingers crossed for the exchange rate to shift in our favor :lol:

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » January 27th, 2014, 7:40 am


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nxakt wrote:The electric skateboards I have worked on have an antennae contact in the handle that turns the body into an antennae and a wire loop receiver embedded in the top of the board. The system is designed to only function when the rider is standing on top of the board or very close. This prevents a lot of different situations, remote starting of the board being one of them. Are you using such a system?


Not in our prototype, but we have planned similar fail-safes for the production model to prevent unwanted starts and to shut the board down if the rider comes off.

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby nxakt » January 28th, 2014, 6:47 am

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This is a key element. Proximity sensing beats mechanical detectors or leashes. It is already worked out in all the boards on the market, you should have no problem to add it.

A low power setting is also key for learning or handing the controls to the friend that wants to give it a go.

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » January 29th, 2014, 8:06 am


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Yep, agree. Different power settings is in the works too :)

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » February 7th, 2014, 5:10 pm


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Speaking of power settings, here's a short clip of us practicing take-off on the BajaBoard. This would probably be on a medium-high throttle setting. Not for learners.

Re: Extreme Sport E-board Project

Postby PingaAus » March 9th, 2014, 8:55 pm


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We put on some new shocks a few days ago, and installed some LED's. The laser has been photoshopped in, because it reminded us of a certain movie character.

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