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AU$ 3,562
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 2 2015
AU$ 3,562
pledged of AU$ 48,000pledged of AU$ 48,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 2 2015

About

INTRODUCING THE LANCASTER! 

There is nothing like bombing hills at high speed. The thrill is intense. This is the tool you need to push the limits and take downhill skating further.

This is a variable mounted footstop with built in GPS speedometer, crafted to withstand the punishing spills of downhill skating. The ultimate GPS speedometer / footstop for downhill skaters!

Concept for final design.
Concept for final design.

With the help of professional downhill riders I have refined the design to feature:

  • Wireless / GPS (Sat Nav) Speedometer
  • Mph and Kmh
  • Durable aluminium casing
  • Protective outer boot for road collisions
  • Large display
  • Light weight
  • Adjustable aluminium mount 
  • Road lights for night riding
  • USB re-charging
  • Large button for operating in slide gloves
  • Water resistant
  • Interchangeable toe grips
  • (Optional) Data recording
  • (Optional) App connection.
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BUILT TO TAKE THE SPILLS

The tough anodised aluminium casing has been designed to take the impact of downhill riding. Lancaster prototypes have undergone testing, taking on some fast downhill runs. We will further test the final production units with high impact collisions to ensure they survive regular spills.

Additionally the Lancaster will be protected with an external casing made from heavy duty ABS plastic or urethane. The "boot" cover will also be shaped for foot grip and comfort. 

AN ADJUSTABLE CONTOURED FOOTSTOP

The cover will be contoured to lock in your forward foot to prevent slipping. It is also reversible for you goofy riders! The outer "boot" will be interchangeable so various designs and material can be used in the future.

The final unit will be smaller than the current prototype. The final size will be 70 x 60mm (around the size of GoPro Hero3 case)

The machined aluminium base plate fits with standard deck bolts. It can be rotated and slides to locate the ideal foot position. Locked down firmly or quickly removed with a standard skate tool. Finally the unit will have big buttons for operation with slide gloves on.

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ILLUMINATED NIGHT RIDING

A suggestion from many riders when requesting product feedback was the addition of forward facing LED headlights. These will be incorporated into the design to Illuminate your path at night.

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OPTIONAL DATA TRACKING

On the Lancaster ALPHA model you will be able to look back at your riding performance on a paired smart-phone app.

The Lancaster App will be developed in partnership with an existing GPS app provider and supply the best customised solution for downhill longboarders.

An artistic impression of the Lancaster app.
An artistic impression of the Lancaster app.

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THE SPECS / REWARDS

There will be two versions of the Lancaster. Lancaster ALPHA and Lancaster BETA. Both will be housed in CNC'd aluminium casing and have the large digital display. Both will have GPS based speed relaying and be fitted USB rechargeable batteries. PLUS the LED road lights. The difference between the models will be the GPS rate, data recording ability and app connectivity.

For supporters of this project I'm offering the standard rewards up to 25% lower than expected retail pricing! EARLY BIRD rewards offer even greater saving!

NOTE: PRICING IS IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS. ($200 AUD = approx $140 USD)
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Lancaster BETA $145 AUD (Retail value of $190 AUD) For those of you who just love to bomb hills and simply want to know your speed. A standard GPS refresh rate will give you accurate speed relay. Plus it will memorise your top speed.

Lancaster ALPHA $265 AUD (Retail value of $349 AUD) For those of you who need more detailed data of your race runs or long distance riding. You can pair it to a custom free phone app via BlueTooth connectivity. ALPHA will also feature 10 Hz GPS refresh date, data logging and app connectivity. It will record telemetry 10 x every second.

ALPHA in connection with the app will allow you to graphically see your performance and improvements for each run. Record you line and speed for each corner. Perfect your tuck and look back at your improvements over time.

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THE DISPLAY

My philosophy is to keep it clean so I have ditched any unnecessary information. A simple clear display showing your speed (kmh or mph) in large numerals for easy reading while bombing. 

Please note that the final production model will use a screen with better readability in harsh sunlight and illumination at night. Possibly LCD rather than the LED display used on this prototype.

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WHERE I AM CURRENTLY AT

Lancaster Working Prototype
Lancaster Working Prototype
Inside current prototype
Inside current prototype

Using standard components I have built a functional 10Hz speedometer built into a robust cnc'd aluminium case with a slide adjustable mounting system.

The base brackets and backing plate have been 3D printed in my workshop for temporary assembly and testing in the field. I've been skating my local hill to test GPS acurrancy robustness and visibility. 

This prototype displays speed at 10Hz but currently does not record telemetry data. 

The next stage of the project will be to redesign the circuit board to include data storage and Bluetooth connectivity, reduce the casing size and include an internal USB re-chargeable battery and LED head-lights.

I'm working with a local GPS specialist and have fully drafted and costed the next circuit board design. This includes certification testing for FCC, CE and C-Tick ready for public use. 

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TEST RUNS

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WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE WITH YOUR SUPPORT

The money raised by this campaign will refine the Lancaster prototype to the final production run models. This will involve miniaturising the circuit board to fit into the smaller casing. Experiments with concave boot material and shapes. Plus customising the GPS telemetry app for downhill longboarders.

We will then manufacture the first production runs of both Lancaster ALPHA and Lancaster BETA models.

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ABOUT THE DESIGNER

My name is Ben Newman. I've been a keen skater since the 70's. Developing unique skateboard products is my full-time profession. I successfully launched Brakeboard disc brake trucks back in 2013 here on Kickstarter. They have continued to develop and grow, now into their 3rd generation. Now it's time for the Lancaster GPS speedometer footstop.

While testing my truck designs knowing my riding speed was critical. So I built my own GPS speedometer. It had to be visibly clear, built rugged to take the spills of downhill riding and be highly accurate.

I showed my personal prototype to the riders that follow my new trucks development. Turns out you all want one for yourselves! So here I am to get these made for you.

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SKATE SAFE: Downhill skating could possibly be one of the most dangerous sports in existence. Always where a quality rated helmet! Skate in a controlled environment and skate with in your limits. Be safe!

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SHIPPING

To save confusion $20 AUD (approx $15 USD) will be a flat rate for everyone worldwide. We plan to start shipping June 2016.

Risks and challenges

This will be my third Kickstarter project. The Brakeboard skateboard brakes were my first. It was successful at exceeding the project target. I supplied the pledges to happy supporters in good time across the globe. The Brakeboard brakes are now an ongoing business into its 3rd generation.

Through the Brakeboard experience I have gained a lot of knowledge in product development, manufacturing and distribution. It is not an easy task and I'm well aware of the hurdles that need to be overcome.

I have thoroughly calculated the costs of production and distribution of the final product. I have established reliable manufacturer relationships.

Production delays are always to be expected. Mould correction, material issues and Chinese holidays are all causes that extend expected deadlines.

I'm confident the product will be of the highest quality and arrive in good time.

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