Future Motion introduces Onewheel: the world's first self-balancing electric skateboard

By: Future Motion
Jan. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- Mountain View, California electric vehicle startup Future Motion launches its debut product: a self-balancing electric skateboard that lets you fly over pavement on only a single wheel using self-balancing technology.

Onewheel, launching on Kickstarter this week is a dynamic new boardsport where riders can accelerate up to 12MPH only by leaning toward their front foot. Leaning back slows down, or even reverses. Regenerative braking recharges the battery during deceleration.

But the real fun of riding Onewheel is carving on pavement. It’s like snowboarding on powder or surfing a wave, but no mountain or ocean is required. Just a flat paved surface. Light heel or toe pressure carves turns and can even turn 360 degrees within the length of the board.

Unlike a skateboard, you don’t feel every little crack and pebble in the street. Instead you roll over them on the 11inch air filled racing gokart tire, a miniature version of an F1 tire.

The hub motor, is the core of Onewheel, and features state-of-the-art axial flux brushless motor technology. This gives Onewheel the power it needs without a transmission—no gears or belts, just one moving part, the wheel itself.

Powerful lithium iron phosphate batteries provide high peak power for acceleration and self-balancing, and recharge in under 30 minutes using the fast charger option.

- revolutionizes the experience of riding—test riders describe it as feeling “like a natural extension of your balance”

- built around race-rated go kart tire and a completely custom high performance electric drivetrain

- hub motor technology enables an incredibly smooth and elegant ride

- unlike most boardsports, the learning curve is only a few minutes thanks to the unique self-balancing algorithms.

- same motion sensing technology (MEMS gyros, accelerometers) that you find in a smartphone

- new technologies in sensors made it possible to achieve the sub $2k price point without sacrificing performance, unlike Segway which is >$5k

- It’s 2013 and your hoverboard is here.

Available only on Kickstarter, Onewheel starts at $1199 for the first early bird kickstarter backers. $1299 for the base model Onewheel, with custom colors and high speed charging available as options.

Onewheel inventor and chief engineer Kyle Doerksen spent 8 years at IDEO designing consumer and technical products and holds multiple engineering degrees from Stanford. He also helped found Faraday Bikes, an electric bicycle startup in San Francisco CA.

Kyle Doerksen, CEO
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