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Build Your Mr Hoverboard

 

Supplies
1/2″ Plywood 4’x4′
Skateboard Deck (30″+)
Shower Liner
Two Coffee Can Lids
Gaffers Tape/Gorilla Tape
Scissors/Blade
Hanger Tape
4 Black & Decker 20V Lithium Ion Leafblowers

Tools
Tape Measurer
Sand Paper
Staple Gun
Jigsaw
2 1/2″ Hole Saw

Hardware
8 x ~3/4″ Screws (depending on board thickness)
8 x 1/2″ Nut and Bolt
8 x Corner Braces
16 x 1/2″ Screws
200+ 1/4″ Staples

 

 

 

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64 thoughts on “Build Your Mr Hoverboard

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  13. Neat! Might be cool to try looking at ways to make this function like a snowboard. Maybe incorporate something similar to “rails” on a snowboard to bite on the edges to help the rider direct the board. Maybe small wheels nearly flush with the bottom of the hover board parallel with the direction of travel? Enough gap to clear when the board is level but will make contact with the ground when leaning forward or back? Wheels can be slightly angled to force the board to turn basically simulating the function of the sidecut on a snowboard.

    1. Hey Ack Nck,

      Like your recommendations. I messed around with a few sawed off skateboard trucks when I was first starting out but it was unsuccessful. Overall though, you’re right. Accessing some friction will greatly improve the feel and control of the vehicle. A frictionless board isn’t necessarily fun, it’s how the board plays with the variable of friction that matters.

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  34. A skateboard can only go forward and backwards since the wheels only rotate front to back, with some direction control on the chucks from leaning which reorients the wheels. Until you can enable this without wheels, you get lots of spins and poor direction control. Fun, but not skateboarding,

    Therefore you need a gyroscope – think a fast spinning bicycle wheel – hard to turn, easy to go straight.

    I think that if you just realign the blowers, you will get this effect. the axis of rotation of the fans in the blower needs to be perpendicular to the direction of travel, like the axis of rotation of a bicycle wheel is perpendicular to the direction the bike travels. Further, if you orient all of the fans spinning in the same direction about the perpendicular axis, you may get some directional drift, so I suspect you need to orient the front blowers one way and the rear blowers the other.

    I have another idea that might work, too complicated for an email…try this first. good luck!

    Lee

    1. Someone previously suggested the idea of a gyroscope and it seems like a fantastic experiment. I’m especially excited about the aesthetic potential as some sort of hood ornament. Obviously a bike tire would be less than ideal for that, but as an experimental procedure, it’s a great start. As far as realligning the blowers, it’s good advice to keep in mind but I’m not interested in improving the performance of the leafblowers as much as I am replacing them.

      Curious to hear anything else you may have to offer. Thanks and all the best

      Ryan

  35. Hey Ryan, Nice work!

    Have you considered controlling the motor’s speed via tilt to give it a bit more steerability?
    You can control motors via PWM although you’d need motor controllers/mosfets or summat.

    ;)
    All the best

  36. Perhaps if you add a small movable flap that is normally vertical under each of the blowers. Then add 4 pedals that are spring loaded sticking through the floor. One pedal for each flap that, when pressed, tilts the flap to the rear. This will cause a small diversion of the airflow from that blower to the rear. The diversion will offer slight forward propulsion from that blower. Now stand on the board and press the petals to do tricks. I would be interested to know if it works.

    1. That is a really unique idea! I love it in theory. Not sure about the application, but certainly something to consider. I’ve been thinking of a couple other mechanical foot powered features, but I’m worried about turning the board into a DDR game. If movements can be intuitive like skating though, there’s definitely potential to be explored here. Thanks for the input!

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  38. think of the kids……little surprised you didn’t wear a helmet in your skate park demo but whatever, love you quote about building legos…..great ingenuity!!!!!!!

    1. ha thanks. who doesn’t love legos?

      I feel worse about the kids not wearing helmets, but just like me it was their choice. Honestly I feel way safer on this thing than I do on a skateboard. As unwieldy as MrHoverboard is, it’s never going to flip over or roll onto it’s side. I’m more concerned about it nailing someone in the ankle after it slips away.

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  45. How bout just adding a 5th blower to the back set on a swiveling platform controlled with you back foot for directional control, you wouldnt need to propel it with you foot considering that looks difficult with the massive blowers on each side

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  51. The gyroscope idea sounds cool. Also, you might want to find lighter materials once you get the aerodynamics figured out, any added weight requires that much more lift before gaining forward momentum. Good luck, hope to catch you at the park!

  52. Very cool!

    Any way to reduce the weight of the leaf blowers or dial up their ouput?

    what kind of ride life are you getting from the batteries?

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