B3CK Boards are longboards fitted with an Arduino and LEDs to produce amazing underglow while cruising.
B3CK Boards are longboards fitted with an Arduino and LEDs to produce amazing underglow while cruising. Read more
About this project
A New Way to Customize
B3CK Boards bring in a new visual element to the sport of long boarding. Whether you use a long board for tricks, to cruise, or as transportation, B3CK Boards will add personal flair to your ride. Not only will you be able to choose the physical aspects of your board, such as the color of the grip tape, wheels, deck, and lights, but you will be able to change the way the lights work as well. You can have your underglow track the ground, flash, or even imitate Kitt from Night Rider, the choice is up to you. Every board will come pre-loaded with a handful of different modes right off the bat, but I will also include a usb cable and simple instructions on how to create your own underglow patterns and designs to truly make your B3CK Board unique.
Changes to the Prototype
All of the footage you'll see of the B3CK Board at this stage is of the prototype. The main changes I know will be made to the final version of the board are as follows:
- Instead of just 36 LED's, the final version will be sporting a whopping 80 LED's.
- The "control box" will be completely black and relocated to the bottom of the board.
- The Arduino Uno will be upgraded to an Arduino Mega, which will allow you to control almost x4 the amount of LED's individually.
- The LED's under the white panel on the top of the board will stay, but the actual white panel will most likely be removed. This means that the LED's will shine through your grip tape.
If you have any additional ideas I could incorporate into this board, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your idea is actually a good viable option, then I will definitely use it and credit you for it.
Open Source is the Best Kind of Source
The hidden bonus to buying a B3CK Board is the fact that you will also receive the latest version of the Arduino Mega. In case you don't know, the Arduino Mega is an open source micro-controller made by Arduino, and it is the heart of many projects just like this one. The Arduino community is unbelievably helpful to complete novice and veteran programmers alike. In fact, the B3CK Board program is the first program I have ever written, and I was only able to write it with the enthusiastic help of the arduino forums. I encourage everyone to play around with it at least once, you may be surprised what you will be able to make.
My Electronics Experience:
B3CK Boards Is Social-Media-tastic!
My plan for creating and distributing B3CK Boards from the begining can be broken up into 6 main steps.
1) The prototype: A working prototype to test out the product was very important to me. Thankfully, after weeks of stress testing, I've found out a lot about the original prototype I made. I know changes I have to make to it to make it last, function well, and look good.
2) Funding: This is where you guys come in. If you like B3CK Boards, and want this project to happen, this is your chance. I can't continue this project without funding other than my own wallet, so take some time to think about your dream board and order it.
3) Secondary prototyping: If this project reaches it's goal, then the first thing I'll do is build at least 2-3 more prototypes to perfect the design. This step is to ensure that all the materials I'll be ordering in bulk to fulfill your orders not only meet my standards, but will satisfy every backer nice enough to support me.
4) Production: Once I work out exactly how I want the boards to ship with the prototypes, I'll begin production on a large scale. This is the time I get to work on all the boards in the summer. I plan on crafting each board myself, but if time restraints present a problem, I'll call in my A-Team of engineers and coders to really push out boards at a fast pace. This is also the stage where I will upload the code that will be on every B3CK Board by default to either the kickstarter page, b3ckboards.com, or hopefully both.
5) Shipping: I plan to ship out all of the boards in waves. The number of shipping waves depends solely on how many boards are sold. No matter the number of boards sold, however, the first shipment of 10 boards will be sent to any backer that opted for the first batch tier. I intend to have every board delivered by September 2013, and I believe that's an easy goal to reach.
6) Post production: This is where B3CK Boards goes from a project to an ever improving product. I want to continue making boards for the public to buy through b3ckboards.com, and this is the stage where I pull through with that dream. The website will be funded by all of the backers contributions, and will be a place for the B3CK Boards community to share code, buy products, suggest new designs, and learn about B3CK Boards news straight from the source.
Finally, Thank You!
Even if your not much of a longboarder, thanks for taking the time to look at my project. And just so you know, I really don't mind if you tell your friends about it. Seriously, that won't bother me a bit. I'd also like to let you guys know that any money I make from this project will go straight to funding the official B3CK Boards website b3ckboards.com, developing newer and better boards, and most importantly, keep me out of debt because of tuition costs these days.
Risks and challenges
The only real challenge I could possibly see for this project is the volume of boards ordered. Because I order and assemble every single piece of a B3CK Board myself, you can be assured that your board will be a very high quality. With this quality, however, comes the price of time. I will most likely only be able to build around 2-3 B3CK Boards a day when working my fastest, so if I were to get an extremely large order of boards (probably 100+), there may be a delay in making all of them and shipping them out. I could fix this problem if need be, however, by enlisting a workforce of engineering students I know very well to help with some of the more menial tasks that go into creating a board. This extra help would undoubtedly increase production of boards by a great deal, and help me reach my goal of making and shipping every board by the end of summer 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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