The electric Onewheel skateboard can scuttle freely and balance itself
Waterproof Hydroflex skateboard is cool; the lightweight carbon-fiber skateboard is cooler; and the above pictured Onewheel skateboard is the coolest. Crafted as a self-balancing electric skateboard, the contraption gives you ‘feeling of flying’. How so? Well, according to the creators (California-based Future Motion), the core concept was inspired by those science fictional hover boards. In fact, the experience derived from the Onewheel is touted to be pretty similar to the breezy scuttling of a flying board, with the middle wheel doing all the balancing act and integrated LEDs showcasing the ‘suspension’ during night-times.
So what about the built-in power-train that relates to all of this maneuvering magnificence? Well, in that regard, the Onewheel boasts of a 48V Lithium Nano-phosphate battery, which in turn juices up the 500W hub motor with direct drive capability. The control unit on the other hand comprises of custom 6 DOF MEMS IMU and BLDC driver, while the ‘self-balance’ is maintained by a PID control mechanism. When translated to figures, the Onewheel can achieve a top speed of up to 12 mph. The complementary range is around 4 to 6 miles, and the single charging time is 2 hours from a conventional outlet (or 20 mins from an ultra charger).
As since we have been harping about the dedicated balance provided by the craft’s built-in system, the drive of an Onewheel is regulated by the designers’ indigenous algorithm. The integrated processor keeps tabs on the skateboard’s maneuvering (via gyroscope and accelerometer), and ultimately determines the speed in synchronization with your body’s positional lean. The rider will also have the advantage of receptive acceleration and energy-efficient regenerative braking.
Another interesting thing is – Future Motion is also looking forth to develop an Android app that will allow skateboarders to select various riding modes, limit speeds and even lock their Onewheel on a remote basis. Suffice it to say, with so many fascinating features, the contrivance has convincingly gone beyond its $100,000 Kickstarter goal, with $189,000 already pledged and 12 days still to go. The retailing price is expected to be around the $1,300 mark.
For more details, check out the product’s Kickstarter page.