Onewheel Alpha Build, Improving the Ride Experience and Maker Faire - Update
Hey there Onewheelers,
We've been hard at work lining up our supply chain, finalizing agreements with manufacturing partners, figuring out testing logistics and oh yeah... building a new round of engineering units. Curious? We thought you might be ;)
Before we dive in, let's just make it clear that all the engineering improvements we are currently making in the development process will be incorporated in the Onewheels our Kickstarter board-level backers will be receiving!
We just put the finishing touches on our Alpha build boards and boy are they something special! This new generation of Alpha boards have a new custom motor thanks to our freshly inked exclusive supply agreement with the motor wizards at Electric Torque Machines (ETM) in Flagstaff, AZ. ETM's patented transverse-axial-flux motor technology is way ahead of the pack in terms of continuous power density and build quality for ground vehicles and is a perfect fit for Onewheel. We're thrilled to be working with an incredibly innovative American electric motor company to power Onewheel.
If motors get you excited check out our press release for more info...
What could possibly be cooler than a new motor? Well not much, but new insanely smooth control electronics just might be. We can't tell you much about our controller because A) it is our secret sauce and B) it's awesomeness cannot be described with words, but it has completely revolutionized the Onewheel riding experience. The controller overhaul gives Onewheel the ride experience we've always dreamed of and we think you'll love it. Better low speed performance, better high speed performance, more forgiving, smoother, quieter, more efficient... the list goes on!
Below we have the bottom view of a pink Onewheel we built for the Kickstarter campaign video next to an Alpha board. The Alpha boards take it to a whole new level. All of the components on the Alpha board are custom made and with a new motor and controller, its a whole new animal! We are working on waterproofing, modularity, design for manufacturability and various other improvements that are being incorporated into the final design.
We are psyched to introduce self-balancing vehicle sensei and SBU inventor, Daniel Wood, as our Director of Control System Engineering. Daniel is the world's foremost expert in self-balancing vehicle control electronics and his knowledge and experience has been instrumental in accelerating the development of our new controller.
Together, we have embarked on possibly the most gratifying part of the engineering process, fine tuning the firmware which controls the Onewheel. This constitutes plugging the board into a computer, tinkering with the code and uploading it, disconnecting the board and then going for a ride. We then come back and talk seriously with phrases like 'We definitely need to increase the Flux loop Integral" and "maybe a few more milliseconds of Hysteresis" and the process begins again. Its a ton of fun and feels like the future. It's also paying off - the board is riding like a cloud.
We just got back from another magical Maker Faire! Our original prototype is a Maker Faire alum and blue ribbon winner so it was great to connect with the Maker community and show the tremendous progress we've made. We also had a blast doing demo rides with fans young and old!
Our demo line was longer than that of Gerard's world famous Maker Faire Paella, but hey, the best things are worth waiting for!
If you got on the Onewheel for the first time at Maker Faire send us your pictures or videos! We'd love to see them!
We recently sold out of Batch 2 board pre-orders and have moved onto our third batch. Need a Onewheel? Have a friend who needs a Onewheel? It's easy - put down a $500 deposit on Batch 3 (Est. shipment in December) and pay the remaining balance upon shipping.
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