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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 1 2015 2:24 AM UTC +00:00
$7,163
pledged of $78,000pledged of $78,000 goal
11
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 1 2015 2:24 AM UTC +00:00

About

It all starts with an idea; a seed planted in your mind.  

One seed may grow a tree, but many grow a mighty forest.

Be a planter today, and see your dream flourish tomorrow.

 Watch The Kickstarter Interview above!!

The Hoverboard "EOS" is the World's First All-Terrain Hoverboard, using conventional hovercraft technology, EOS creates a friction-less environment underneath your feet in the form of a compact board.

Hovercrafts have been around for years, the science is solid. Unlike quantum levitation or electromagnetic levitation, EOS is bound to no tracks or special surfaces. EOS can ride across any material the board can pressurize against. 

Our current prototype model is capable of about three minutes of ride time with our setup, four 4400mAh lithium polymer batteries.  However, with more "lipos" hooked up, ride time can easily be lengthened! 

With the Kickstarter backing, we will be able to overhaul the functionality (lift system/electronics) using the knowledge gathered developing the prototype.

The current prototype design needs to be taken to the next level. By making a contribution to Archwing, we can complete what we’ve started. Right now the prototype is made out of heavy material and roughly assembled.  We want to change that. The final version will consist of a low density, light weight fiber glass body, giving the board the strength it needs to support a person and overcome rough obstacles.

The skirt will also be professionally redesigned and stitched, which allows the bottom to be resistant to ware and tear. The new skirt will also be able to be zipped on and off for easy replacement.

The look of the board itself is going to be slightly altered.  To significantly improve stability we are going to manufacture the platform to be wider, giving the user more control.

The power systems, one of the most important features that makes the board possible, will be having the biggest overhaul. The currently un-insulated turbines will be insulated in order to achieve as much noise reduction as possible, the electrical components will also be coated in weather resistant material so the board can operate on land and over water.  

The board’s Lithium-Ion Polymer batteries that currently only give us a little over a three minute charge, will be potentially replaced with Nano-Particle Batteries with a higher voltage density, and fast charge capability. This will give the board much more flight time.  Since Nano's are still experimental, this change may remain pending.  If, however, they make it past the experimental stage, they can always be implemented onto our hoverboards in the future!     

Our vision is to have a product that is as much as a method of transportation as it is a sport, and we can only get there if we can continue to fund our research. 

Risks and challenges

Project: EOS is a prototype, and prototypes sometimes come with technical difficulties. Our hoverboard is powered by high voltage electronics that sometimes fail depending on the craftsmanship of electrical components. Completing EOS wasn't easy, finding the right components to power the board warranted many variations. Once we found the right combination of components, the project finally started to see the light of day. Sometimes things need to be replaced, just like parts on your car overtime.

PROBLEM
As you may have watched in the video, one concern for this project was balance. In order to have a true hoverboard, you have to consider one main scientific law: friction. Friction in everyday life helps us balance when standing. It's what allows our feet to be stable on the ground. When you remove friction, you are left with a considerable learning curve to overcome.

SOLUTION
I have learned from this project that in order for this product to be fun and stable for all learners, the width of the footing deck will have to be expanded outward so not only will your feet have more room, but balancing becomes an easier task overall. Additionally, when you increase surface area in pressure statics, you also increase lift!! The key is finding the balance between aesthetics and functionality.

When we build the backer's hoverboards, we will test the hoverboards before they leave our possession and make sure that everything is working smoothly. If, by chance, something were to fail on the hoverboard, the backers are always welcome to contact us after the fact and we will work with them to find a solution to their problem. We strive to create a strong trust with our backers so they are always satisfied.

LIMITING FACTOR ($$$)
In the making of this project, the creator had little funding as a full-time engineering student. Using what life-savings he had at the time, he created EOS, and had only one shot at it. Redoing the whole project to fix what problems arisen the first time around was not an option. With this funding, we will be able to make the best prototype possible.

Disclaimer: The term "all-terrain" suggests free travel among most relatively smooth surfaces. We do not condone riding our prototypes over bodies of water due to the risk of drowning your hoverboard and causing an electrical short within the circuitry. In the future, this may, however, be improved upon so bodies of water may be safer to cross with research in weather-proof coating!

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    THE PLANTER: When you plant a seed, you get to watch it grow. If everyone that saw this campaign donated a dollar, then the idea of a hoverboard would no longer be a concept, but a strong reality.

    Your name will be listed under "The Planters" list on our website.

    Change starts with you.

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    THE UNDERDOG: It's the underdogs like you that make a difference in the world, and for that we thank you.

    You don't have time to plant one seed. An underdog does what needs to be done and plants a fist full. You want that reality now, so you're going to fight that extra mile.

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    THE AGENT: We will send you a company sticker with clear backing. This is ideal for your car or laptop to give it a bit more style than it already has!

    1x clear backing sticker
    (Dimensions: 3" circle)

    "Agent ($10)" status on our website.

    Like the Planter and Underdog, you too have made a difference, but went that extra mile!

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    THE REPRESENTATIVE: You will receive official apparel of Archwing; A T-shirt with the stylish company logo and name on back. When you walk down the street, all will know that you were the supportive muscle behind the Kickstarter campaign.

    1x t-shirt

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    THE OPPORTUNIST: The opportunist seeks the best in deals and steals.

    1x t-shirt
    1x sticker
    1x 5-minute riding voucher on an Archwing hoverboard

    Voucher may be redeemed at any location Archwing visits in the future for conventions/events/office visits. Since Archwing is to make hover-racing a sport, you may even redeem it at a track where we hold races in the future!

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    THE BACKER'S COMBO:
    2x 5-minute riding voucher
    1x t-shirt
    1x clear backing sticker

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    THE RIDER'S HELMET: Bestowed upon you will be the custom-painted helmet of the masked rider in the hoverboard video. Own a piece of recording history!

    1x Rider's Helmet (one of a kind)
    3x 5-minute riding vouchers
    2x t-shirt
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    THE DINNER: You will receive the option to come have dinner with Max and James, CEO's of Archwing LLC.
    We will discuss Archwing's current projects, future projects and watch action movies after dessert. We will only fly national citizens round-trip to the event and book them their own hotel room!

    In addition, we will hold a learning session where Archwing's staff will give a presentation on engineering and design, starting a new business and what we've learned so far in our individual careers.

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    THE DAWN RIDER: You will receive one of the world's first all terrain hoverboards. The early bird gets the worm!

    1x EOS hoverboard
    1x t-shirt
    1x sticker
    1x two color custom paint job

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    THE EVENING RIDER: You will receive one of the world's first all terrain hoverboards. You may have missed the boards at the crack of dawn, but there's still a great opportunity to reserve yourself a bit of the future!

    1x EOS hoverboard
    1x t-shirt
    1x sticker
    1x two color custom paint job

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    THE DUSK RIDER: You will receive one of the world's first all terrain hoverboards. Though you did not fly with the early birds, riding into a sunset with one of these babies is still pretty kick-butt.

    1x EOS hoverboard
    1x t-shirt
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    1x two color custom paint job

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Funding period

- (30 days)