Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I'm (In)Famous!

The good news is the 3WDM has made the front page of Skateboarding Sucks. The bad news is it's tagged as Stupid Shit and Useless Toys. Damn, skateboarders can be harsh!

Well, as they say, bad publicity is better than no publicity. And what is exactly is a skateboard if not a "Useless Toy"?

6 Comments:

Blogger hc said...

hi there, saw this on skateboardingsucks.com, I wonder how they found out about your invention, they usually go after commercial products.

You idea is interesting but I think using pressure sensor is just not an ideal control for a motorized skateboard. (have you tried an exkate powerboard?)

here's my site, check it out...
www.geocities.com/wackyboards

3:18 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Yeah, I'm not sure either. They posted it right after I put the photos on Flickr, so that might be it.

I pretty much built the thing to see if weight-sensing control would work well (it does), so I guess I'm a bit attached to the idea.

I haven't really tried any other powerboards. It seems like you'd need a lot of hand-body coordination to run an exkate, but maybe I should try one out before passing judgement :)

1:41 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

BTW, cool site. A lot of stuff I've never seen before.

1:42 PM  
Blogger hc said...

thx frank, longboarding have brought a lot of unusual inventions in the last six seven years.

check powerboarding.com if you haven't.

the exkate is essentially wireless trigger control. They are kind of jerky when accelerating, you have to lean forward so you dont fall off.

I was brainstorming, another idea would be to use a wireless mouthpiece control.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

That was sorta the idea behind the weight sensing: the leaning and the acceleration automagically happen together.

3:47 PM  
Blogger ragonamuffin said...

Really cool man. This is exactly how I was going to make mine, but with a bigger set of batteries, a 1kw hub motor, and a significantly different weight distribution setup. (which I can't reveal as its the premise behind my whole design)I can discuss it with you if you would like, just need to make sure the word doesn't get around. Don't let those fools at skateboarding sucks get you down. They sound like a bunch of pessimists that wish they made something so badass.

4:49 PM  

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