What started as a senior mechanical engineering project which has lead on to three years of development had finally came to production. The Zboard is the weight-sensing electric skateboard created by Ben Forman and Geoff Larson. It includes front and rear foot pads, each foot pad senses how much force you apply and analyzes this information with an onboard computer linked to an electric motor. While leaning on the front foot pad causes the Zboard to speed up, leaning backwards on the back foot pad will kick in regenerative braking. This super cool board could zoom all the way up to a top speed of around 17 miles per hour.
What do you do when you’ve got to go somewhere that is too far to walk but too close to drive? Many might say to “ride a bike” or “take a skateboard,” but bikes can be inconvenient and skateboards can be difficult to learn. Our project gives you a better option: the ZBoard! It’s faster and easier to ride than a skateboard, and more portable and fun than a bike.
The Zboard is priced at USD $499 and available for pre-order now, sale will kick start on April 2012.