The Electric Skateboard
Imagine going 20 MPH, standing on a skateboard, surfing on asphalt. Project Onca Onca utilizes the newest, coolest desktop manufacturing tools available: Arduino Control, XBee wireless, 3D printed remote control enclosure and hubs, and a laser cut motor mount. Together, they make this vision a reality.
A few years back, I build an electric car. That was an amazing experience, and gave me the background I needed for this project. But since then, I’d been seeking something technical yet exciting and youthful. I started skateboarding around age 15. It’s in my blood. Late one night last summer, some friends and I were laughing about the “Back to the Future” hover board. They said I should build it. Little did they know that I might take them seriously!
A couple months later, I had a prototype on the road. It was rough, but it worked. Then I was able to dig in to the real design elements. One of the challenges of the skateboard was the space available. Everything also had to be very precise, and I needed some custom parts; so I made them. This quickly opened me up the new world Maker resources and the New Industrial Revolution.
Six months later, I now have modeled most of the required parts and a have fully functioning product. At this time, I’m in the process of refining my designs and making them to be more manufacturing friendly.