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LE RET EmmanuelBy LE RET Emmanuel
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LE RET EmmanuelBy LE RET Emmanuel
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€20,171
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24
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 24 2017 8:03 AM UTC +00:00

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About

Video with Vincent Tanguy, France Champion in skateboard giant slalom on an electric board BIRD.
It gives you an idea of all the possibilities with the BIRDTOUCH system: a natural gliding motion and the freedom of movement.

Accès à la campagne en VERSION FRANÇAISE


  BIRD is the first electric skate providing all the feelings of a traditional longboard. No more remote control, a hands-free system where you control your speed, as you like from the simple position of your feet on the board. Rediscover the natural sensations of riding with the electric device BIRDTOUCH. It is the alliance of an in-wheel propulsion and an interchangeable battery that produces a robust and reliable high quality product made in France.

 

 

 

 

If today we offer you this new riding option it's because of the new BIRDTOUCH navigation system... One long pressure sensor runs along the deck and transmits the speed, acceleration, and break to the engine via a control panel. The slimline design, waterproof and unlimited options of the board guarantee you a sensational ride..

BIRTOUCH System
BIRTOUCH System

 

Customize your ride to your specifications with BIRDTOUCH connected to your smartphone. You can alter the settings via our application.

We are positive that you will adopt this new way to ride a board that offers you a more natural and less artificial ride. Would you surf with a remote-control?!! Nevertheless if you are uncertain, no worries, we will include a remote control for a more traditional type of ride.

BIRDTOUCH custom mode
BIRDTOUCH custom mode

Riding :
The activation of the speed with your front foot starts up the skateboard gradually according to the selected speed. At the start, you don’t need to push your skate.
While riding, if you activate the brake with your rear foot, the acceleration is automatically stopped.
If you deactivate the brake, the skateboard restarts up gradually according to the selected speed.

Downhill :
When the speed of your skateboard becomes higher than the speed of the motor, then the motor is stopped and you freewheel.
When freewheeling, you can activate the brake without any problem.
The skateboard BIRD has been tested by many kind of users (beginners, pros, kids …) to ensure maximum security.

 

Custom Mode - Progressive speed from 5 to 28 km / h with a small active area

 

  Beginner Mode - Progressive speed from 5 to 15 km / h with a long active area

We made around ten prototypes before offering you this final product… actually, we’ve tried everything… BIRD is combining different technologies with its BIRDTOUCH system but also with…

AN IN-WHEEL MOTORS  AND A CLIP ON BATTERY

For maximum use of the technical performances of your BIRD Board, we have chosen the solution of an external battery and control panel. Various tests with an internal battery did not give us entire satisfaction as regards the flexibility of the board and the deterioration of the board on the long-term. Not to speak of the maintenance! Thanks to a compact interchangeable battery 36 V, we can enjoy a comfortable flex closer to the traditional longboard ride.

In-Wheel motors and ckickable battery
In-Wheel motors and ckickable battery

The electric propulsion of two wheel drive at the respective speed of 30 km/h provides comfort and power in all circumstances.

Final version, In-Wheel motors , easily exchangeable
Final version, In-Wheel motors , easily exchangeable

 

You can use BIRD for inclines very easly

BIRD APPLICATION

Preview of BIRD Application  - Mobile App
Preview of BIRD Application - Mobile App

Thanks to BIRD application, there are unlimited possibilities. The precision of your adjustments alllow you a fluid ride totally adapted to your level. On your outings,you will be able to set-up your sensitive zones with precision and follow in real time statistics of your rides with your friends in the BIRD community.

  • PROFILE Set-up your personal information account and indicate your weight to check battery autonomy or to share personal information with your BIRD community. Also, visualize information on recorded rides.
  • CONTROL PANEL Keep track of your speed, distance, battery autonomy and GPS position
  • SET-UP APPLICATION Launch your application and choose language and fonts on your screen.
  • BIRD COMMUNITY Ride in a group thanks to BIRD community interactive maps and share your riding experience with other members.
  • NAVIGATION SYSTEM Choose your navigation system from our system BIRDTOUCH or for more traditional ride with remote control.
System BIRDTOUCH or traditional ride with remote control.
System BIRDTOUCH or traditional ride with remote control.
  • RIDE MODE Choose a predefined mode depending on your level or your type of ride (beginner, confirmed, eco, custom)
  • CAPTOR SET-UP Set up your speed and break captors as you wish and program the number of zones you wish to activate and their perfomance level.


  • CLIENT SERVICE Check that the equipment and updates function correctly. Your feedback is very welcomed, as it will help us to improve your skateboarding experience.

THE QUALITY OF THE MATERIALS AND THE PERFORMANCE OF A TRADITIONAL BOARD

Our goal is to provide you with all the sensations of a traditional longboard but with an electric skateboard. The BIRD skateboard is made with innovative materials and new manufacturing procedures that boasts technical innovation and performance that we look for today! It is the alliance of top quality materials and a good protective cover of the sensitive zones that ensures you a safe, reliable and a high resistance skateboard.

Hight Performance Board
Hight Performance Board

 

You will find a complete presentation of our product (in the tab FAQ) Our project: Offering on our website new models (Carving, Cruising,…) with new materials (linen fiber, core in high density foam to gain weight, organic resin…)

 

Prototype Carbon Board BIRD
Prototype Carbon Board BIRD

 

Version Wood Board BIRD. Grip with the marking of the sensors.
Version Wood Board BIRD. Grip with the marking of the sensors.

The engine and the sensor are IP 65. They are totally protected against dust and water splash. With our In-wheel engines, there is no maintenance to plan as there is no belt as well. The engine wheels rims and the battery are interchangeable.

The board is protected against water splash and impacts. The board body is sealed by a resistant polyethylene layer. This layer protects the wood or carbon veneers. High hardness urethane wraps the core before being pressed in the mold. Your board is protected against impacts around 15 km /h. The board is made locally so as we control the complete manufacturing process from A to Z. A lot of planning has gone into the choice of materials and the manufacturing components of the skateboard.

 

 

 

  • BIRD COMMUNITY Ride in a group thanks to BIRD community interactive maps and share your riding experience with other members.
  • SIZE  Lenght : 98 cm | Width : 23,5 cm | Weight : 5,4 kg | Incurved , light kicktail, wheel passageway raised | Max weight supported by rider : 150 kg
  • COMPOSITION  Interior : Paulownia wood | Fiberglass and carbon | Urethane border high resistance | Trimmings : wood veneer or carbon
  • PROPULSION  Engine power : 1200 W | Max speed : 30 km (2 engines) | Electronic break | Controller connected via bluetooth | Wheels 75 mm 80A TPU | Waterproof IP 65
  • BATTERY  Lithium (LiFePo) 36V | Range 15-28km (depending on battery type)| Charging time : 90 mn | Replaceable | Waterproof IP 54

The BIRD pack includes:

  • BIRD BOARD Equipped with the BIRDTOUCH system and in-wheel engine bloc, battery, ready to ride
  • REMOTE CONTROL  For a more traditonal way to ride
  • UNIVERSAL CHARGER  To charge your battery
  • USB CABLE   To charge the remote control
  • TOOLS  Keys and screwdriver to dismantle your trucks
  • STICKER Extra Bird logo for your battery bloc

 

 

Our team is made up of engineers, designers, craftsmen and riders of all levels. Board sports are our passion and we are all professionals in our respective fields. 3 years of research

EMMANUEL LE RET, Founder :

Initiator of the BIRD project, development of the controller, sensor, engine and prototyping. Surfing and skating, it's just a matter of time!

Christophe AUGIER, Engineer :

Development of the electric part and the controller. An enthusiast of technologies who has created the Fablab in Vannes. Kite-surfer as soon as he can.

Benjamin BARON , Designer :

Board and website design. He's a real talent who creates beautiful products ... We've met at the Fablab of Vannes | Benjamin-baron.com

Nick, Dean, manufacturer of gliding equipment :

Selection of materials (fibers, carbon, wood ...) Manufactures moulds and boards ... More than 20 years of experience in making surf, kite, wake, skate boards ... An expert in his area.

Olivier HABERZETTEL, Engineer :

Development and management of the BIRD application. A genuine electronic enthusiast also met at the Fablab.

Jean-Marie PERON, Director :

Direction of our short film. Full of passion to make our clip. Thanks to WECLIP team.

Caro S. Paris, Communication :

A very great friend taking in charge the communication of our brand, BIRD ...

Vincent TANGUY, Engineer :

Semi-pro skateboarder Product testing and brand promotion. When he is not an engineer, he participates in competitions in France and Europe.

 

 

 

 Laws and regulations pertaining electric longboards or electric skateboards vary by country, state, county, and municipality. You are responsible in making sure that it is legal to ride in your area, so please make sure you investigate your local regulations.

Skateboarding, and especially on electric powered boards, is an inherently dangerous sport and safety equipment should be used at all times, especially a helmet. Don’t be too cool for safety equipment and risk your life. Even the pros use a helmet and pads. Always watch out for cars while riding on surface roads open to traffic and follow all local rules. Always skate within your abilities and use common sense while riding.

Your board can become unresponsive and loose power and brakes at any moment due to many factors like: dead remote battery, unintentional release of the throttle, radio interference, dropping the remote control or other. This will turn the board into an unpowered skate without brakes, so learn how to slow down by sliding and only ride your board at speeds that where you would be able to stop without power or brakes.

BIRD accepts no liability should you injure yourself using any products sold under our brand names.

SHIPPING INFORMATION

 International backers will also be responsible for all duties, customs fees, and taxes for their orders.

 

Accès à la campagne en VERSION FRANÇAISE

 

 

Risks and challenges

The Electric Skateboard BIRD is an advanced product and the full-scale production launch is never easy.
We are working with the very best suppliers and component manufacturers to make it happen.
Some objectives that could possibly take more time than we anticipate are the Apple Store and Google Play approvals for our mobile application, as well as CE/FCC electronic certification.
We will be collaborating with "La cité des objets connectés - Anger FRANCE" wich has a lot of experience with the laboratories in France to make the CE/FCC electronic certifications.
Some of our electronic components may have a longer delivery time than we foresee. We will be placing orders with our suppliers immediately after the Kickstarter campaign ends.
While most of our components are made in the FRANCE, we have a few parts coming from overseas and those can take time to clear release by FRANCE Customs.

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    Just the Board, BIRD High Quality. BOARD Paulownia wood (semi-rigid), Fibreglass and Wood, Urethane border high resistance.
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    ***Exclusive to Kickstarter!*** These first 20 backers will get the complete 'BIRD WOOD' package for just €599 (50% Savings!). Includes:
    - Wood board Bird equipped with the Birdtouch system
    - Dual motor (in-Wheel)
    - BATTERY (12/15 km), ready to ride
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