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The Urban Glider - Re-Think How You Explore The World

Experience more of your world than you thought possible: travel unhindered, go anywhere. It's really that awesome.

The Urban Glider - Re-Think How You Explore The World

Experience more of your world than you thought possible: travel unhindered, go anywhere. It's really that awesome.

$52,781
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64
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Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter about 5 years ago

About

Our Vision

Our vision behind Urban Gliders is to open a way of exploration in your world that is so natural you will never think of going back.

How You Glide

You simply lean your body in the direction you want to go and the glider reacts to the change in your center of gravity.

For example; if you lean forward; the glider reacts by driving the wheel forward to catch up and keep you balanced.  

While you are gliding forward, all you have to do is shift your weight; leaning back a bit; and you will slow down, if you continuing lean back the glider will reverse.Twisting controls turning.

Always wear a helmet and glide in control.  (Definitely not like that guy. Legal department says it's not smart to do stupid stunts) 

All stunts were performed by a professional. Do not attempt. 

 

Are you sick of paying for parking?  Is traffic a pain? 
Think it's boring to be stuck in a metal box with wheels during your commute?

We used to be.  Then we started gliding and these problems evaporated.

Here are a few of the things that are possible with a glider:

  • Light, sustainable, eco-friendly transport wherever you are. 
  • Eliminate short car trips.
  • Explore new places.
  • Fits in carry-on compartment on planes and buses. 
  • Excellent for traversing campuses.
  • Dramatic reduction in short distance travel time, whether across the city or across the building.
  • Develop your own stunts; it's a new way to impress.
  • Our Dynamic Stabilization System refreshes hundreds of times a second to keep you balanced.
  • Powered by a high-torque DC stepper motor and only has one moving part for a low chance of failure and a long lifespan.   
  • Portable: only 24 lbs.
  • Amazing range: 20+ miles or 6 hours!
  • Remote firmware updates through our smartphone app
  • Automatically charges battery on downhill slopes and during deceleration.
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Customizable LED Light Pattern
  • USB power outlet to charge your phone
  • Nearly Indestructible Shell
  • 20+ Mile Range
  • 24 Lbs.
  • 13.5 MPH Top Speed
  • A 30 Minute Quick Charge Will Recharge Your Battery to 80%
  • 260lb Carrying Capacity
  • 16" Tire
  • 260Wh Battery
  • Rated Incline 28°
  • Between 60-120 Minutes to Fully Charge
  • 260lb Carrying Capacity 
  • 1500 Watt Motor Output
  • We currently offer 4-Colors (We will contact you to get your color choice)

How Does it work?
The Urban Glider is powered by something called Self-Balancing Technology (SBT). SBT reacts to your center of gravity.  You simply lean your body in the direction you want to go and the glider reacts to the change.  For example; if you lean forward; the glider reacts by driving the wheel forward to catch up and keep you balanced.  While you are gliding forward, all you have to do is shift your weight; leaning back a bit; and you will slow down. If you continue leaning back, you will glide in reverse. 

How Hard is it to Learn?
The learning curve varies dramatically.  Some people can literally step on and ride while others can take up to an hour to get the hang of it.  We typically say that you will be up and gliding in about an hour.  You should have all your necessary skills after another 2 days of practice. (assuming an hour a day)

Will I Break Myself Trying to Learn?
When considering learning something new, it's only fair to be concerned about the pain of falling off (Everyone's familiar with skateboard or bike crashes).  Crazy thing is, because of the Self-Balancing Technology, crashes are a lot less frequent than you might think.  The key is, when you step down (not if), it's usually in the direction of your momentum; and therefore you're able to catch yourself.  

There is a big difference between falling and stepping down.  What people don't realize is that 99%+ crashes are where the unit hits the ground and the person steps off and painlessly jogs a few steps beyond to slow down their forward momentum.  

"I (Austin Marhold, Founder of Urban Gliders) at the time of this writing, have personally stepped off hundreds of times, often at full speed; and have never been seriously hurt.  I have taught hundreds of people, and the response is always delight at how not painful falling (stepping off) is."

And just because legal made me say this:
We do however require anyone who glides to wear a helmet and other protective gear including, but not limited to knee and elbow pads and gloves. All stunts attempted in the videos and photos were performed by trained professionals and should not be attempted.

What Happens to My Glider if I Crash it? 
If you drop your glider on it's side, it will automatically shut down.

When the wheel comes off of the ground for an extended period of time, the unit automatically shuts down to prevent damage.  

If you knock your Urban Glider over, all you have to do is get it back upright to reset it. In some cases you may have to turn the unit off and back on by pushing the red button (resetting the unit).

In regards to damaging your glider, "Our gliders are built to last, but each crash is different. All we can say is that they are extremely resilient." 

What If My Glider Needs Repair?
Your Glider is covered by a 1 Year warranty for parts and service.  The battery is not warrantied against wear during that year but will be covered in the event of premature failure.  We do not warranty against tire wear or flats.

In the event that you need warranty work done, we will either direct you to a local distributor who will do the work for you or send you a shipping label and have you ship your glider back to us.

Our Urban Glider is equipped with a 16" tire that can be replaced at any bike shop.

If you wish to repair your own glider, you do so at your own risk.  We will offer repair parts on our website.

Can I Distribute Urban Gliders?
Pleas visit our website urbangliders.com/distributors to learn more about the possibility.

How Hard Is It To Use After The Learning Curve?  Will it Tire Me Out?
After the first few days, gliding will become effortless.  You will be able to go for miles without breaking a sweat.

Many of our gliding beta testers report a "passive core workout."

Austin Marhold CEO, Sasha Phillips Creative Administrator
Austin Marhold CEO, Sasha Phillips Creative Administrator
 
The process of developing our current glider design has been a long but exhilarating process. Our design teams have gone through the development process of three distinct versions of the technology.  Each had a huge leap in performance and stability.

Production Schedule

Our 3rd Gen gliders aren't just prototypes, they are part of a beta production run in the same factory we will be using to build our kickstarter units.  This ensures a short and accurately estimated production time.

Risks and challenges

From the start, we have been working with the company who will manufacture our final product. The 3rd gen prototype is actually part of a beta production run built in the same factory that our Kickstarter units will be built in.

Our current design works but the experience isn't as refined as we would like. We will be using the Kickstarter funding to finish the needed adjustments and make our product ready for our customers.

Changes we intend to make:
- Refined Firmware Version
- Better Water Resistance
- Heat-Sink Redesign
- Improve Plastic Shell Screw Mounting
- Redesign the LED shielding
- Get UL, CE, and FCC Listed

We currently have 2 firmware versions.
V 0.1 - More stable but has overload problems
V 0.2 - Much faster and smoother but has bugs and has a reduced range

We will need to combine the best of both firmwares and the time it will take to do this can vary.

Our Current Waterproofing is inconsistent. Part of our solution will be coating the circuit board in silicone.

Our current Heat-Sink design comes loose after a few hundred miles. We are altering the design to stop this from happening.

Our current plastic shells are unbelievably resilient. But we want to make them even better. The one weak point on our current design is the screw mounting. We will be redesigning it to ideally withstand any crash you can throw at it.

Our current LED shielding is not performing up to our standards We will be changing this to a working and durable design that will keep you LEDs working after your crash.

As with any government agency, the processing times for things like CE and UL listing can vary.

The most likely delay we see happening is in getting the final changes to our units complete and making sure it's stable and ready for mass distribution. We have all our suppliers lined up and our design teams ready for action. All we need is you.

We have a goal to deliver before Christmas. But if we don't think our design is ready, we may have to delay a few weeks to ensure you get what you paid for. Worst case scenario, your glider might arrive in January.

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