Electric skateboard?

By , September 18, 2011 9:42 pm

Like you probably know, I was doing a intern this summer. My good friend Rudy, did a intern at this place where they play with electric vehicle and other cool stuff.  Toward the end of his intern he told me that the company was moving so there where throwing stuff out. He send me pictures of what they where getting rid of! After seen the picture I had a OMG face! He told me that he will give me those things if I would trade something. That something is a video of school projet he did back in 2009. He build a musical Tesla coil and we had 4 feet long fluorescent lamp on the desk, connected to nothing, that was lighting up. So yes we did trade and I got what I wanted!

Here it is:

electric skate board

Yes I also got this ZAP electric belt driven scooter. It has inflatable wheels.

electric skateboardIt looks like an Altered electric skate board http://www.alteredelectricskateboards.com/boards.htm. A cheaper version.

electric skateboard

electric skateboard motor system

electric skateboard motor system close up size comparaisonIt’s probably a 200 to 300W motor. Or it could be 600W, I am pretty sure it’s 600W.  Here is the china version of it 
http://fangda.en.hisupplier.com/product-6295-Electric-Skateboards.html

electric skateboard motor size comparaison

Like you probably imagine, I already started to make it apart.

It is in a very good shape. The problem is, the remote control. It use a wireless remote control! I don’t have it and Rudy was not able to find it.  No a problem right. I did try some reverse engineering to see if I could directly send signal to the motor controller. Not really. The controller does not receive a simple analog signal. I took the controller apart and saw a microcontroller under the thick black epoxy. I guest it receive serial data from the RF receiver. OR it’s simply broken!
My first idea is to design and build my own electronics using a Wii remote control! It’s a DC motor, should not be that hard!

After some searching, there is a couple of skateboard company

http://www.e-glide.com/
http://www.rokitscience.co.uk/
http://www.alteredelectricskateboards.com/
http://www.2c-boards.de/
http://www.elektroskate.co.uk/ (My antivirus tells me not to go there)
http://www.mo-bo.de/

Got a helmet!

By , September 13, 2011 7:22 am

Today is my birthday and I got a super cool helmet from my girlfriend! She loves what I do but wants me to ride safe! 😛

helmet for head trauma

I don’t know if you guys recall hackaday post entitle “1480W scooter motor guarantees head trauma“?  There was a pretty intense debate on helmet use! 79 comments in total! Charles from MIT also had is word on the use of helmet. He also has more crazy rolling device but does not wear a helmet.

I was able to stick my GoPRO on it. I had my GoPRO for more then 1 year now. Very useful and great video quality.  I do have a lot of videos of the scooter but did not edit them. Working on it. I am right now working on something else… look at the picture and tell me what you see…

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