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Lean Forward to Go. Lean Back to Stop. That's how you ride the ZBoard, the world's first, weight-sensing electric skateboard.
Lean Forward to Go. Lean Back to Stop. That's how you ride the ZBoard, the world's first, weight-sensing electric skateboard.
425 backers pledged $278,767 to help bring this project to life.

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Gizmodo: "Powered skateboards have been around… (but this) could be the first to actually pull it off”

Gizmag:"Simple, lean-and-go interface” 

GearHungry: "Yep, the future is now”

Discovery Channel: "Holy Krakatoa! I love it!" - Ziya Tong, Daily Planet

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Best of Show, CES 2012"

Coolism.TV: "Purely Awesome"

Hey Kickstarters! Thanks for checking out our project! 

What do you do when you've got to go somewhere that is too far to walk but too close to drive? Many might say to "ride a bike" or "take a skateboard,” but bikes can be inconvenient and skateboards can be difficult to learn.  Our project gives you a better option: the ZBoard!  It’s faster and easier to ride than a skateboard, and more portable and fun than a bike.

What is the ZBoard?

The ZBoard is the world's first weight-sensing electric skateboard. Simply lean forward to go and lean back to stop. It's that easy!

How does the ZBoard work?

The ZBoard's deck includes front and rear foot pads. Each foot pad senses how much force you apply and analyzes this information with an onboard computer linked to an electric motor.

Leaning on the front foot pad causes the ZBoard to speed up.  Leaning on the back foot pad causes the ZBoard to kick in regenerative braking.  These aren’t just on/off buttons, though.  They are completely variable, meaning the harder you lean forward the faster you go, and the harder you lean back the faster you come to a stop, even on a downhill slope!  You can cruise at a walking pace, or zoom all the way up to a top speed of around 17 miles per hour.

When you have no weight on either footpad, the ZBoard will coast to a gentle stop in a similar fashion to a traditional skateboard.

What features does the ZBoard have?

The ZBoard includes off-road wheels and features an integrated, reinforced handle for convenient carrying, or to lock up if you can’t take it in with you. Every ZBoard ships with a charger that plugs into any standard 110V wall outlet to recharge in about 5 hours (220V chargers for European customers are also available).

What Models Do You Offer?

We offer two ZBoards - the ZBoard Classic and the ZBoard Pro. See the Specs below and on our website.

The ZBoard Pro, equipped with a Lithium-Ion battery, is the fastest (17mph top speed), longest running (10 mile range/charge), and lightest weight (30 lbs) product we sell.

For more, see the specifications page on our website.

How will funding be used?

We've dedicated more than 3 years to the development of the ZBoard, and with your help we can make the final push to turn it into a reality!  Funds will go directly towards purchasing of components and setting up our in-house manufacturing and quality control process in California.  Additional funds will all go toward essential expenses and development of breakthrough new features and accessories for your ZBoard.  

When will the ZBoard ship?

We anticipate the first ZBoards ordered through Kickstarter will ship out as early as April.  

Other Questions: Please see below or our FAQ page

Team:

Ben Forman is a mechanical engineer based in Hermosa Beach, California. Ben has merged his mechatronics and robotics training at the University Southern California with his love of skateboarding in the three year development of the ZBoard.

Geoff Larson is a mechanical engineer from Sacramento, California.  Geoff has brought his training in Computer Aided Design and his background in business to bringing the ZBoard from concept to reality.

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    EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS - Thanks for your support in helping us make the ZBoard a reality. We'll give you a big shout out on our website!

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    ZBOARD DECAL - You will receive a ZBoard Vinyl Decal that you can put on your car, bedroom window, snowboard, or anywhere else you can think to stick it. US domestic shipping is included. For international, please add $5.

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    T-SHIRT + DECAL - You will receive a ZBoard T-Shirt and a ZBoard Vinyl Decal. Please tell us your preferred size. US domestic shipping is included. For international, please add $10.

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    CLOSED - $100 DEPOSIT + KICKSTARTER PRICING - We have been instructed by the Kickstarter folks to close this reward as we are not allowed to offer deposits for later purchase (oops!). If you previously purchased this reward, you should have a message in your inbox instructing you how to cancel your pledge or increase it to the $495 or $745 rewards. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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    CLOSED - $250 DEPOSIT + KICKSTARTER PRICING + FREE SHIPPING - We have been instructed by the Kickstarter folks to close this reward as we are not allowed to offer deposits for later purchase (oops!). If you previously purchased this reward, you should have a message in your inbox instructing you how to cancel your pledge or increase it to the $495 or $745 rewards. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL - You get a custom laser engraved ZBoard for $495 (the retail price will increase to $599 after March 15th, 2012). Your name and contributor number (#001 to #100) will be laser engraved into the underside of the anodized aluminum battery box. Also, these will be the first ZBoards to ship! S/H included to the contiguous 48 states. All others will receive a $50 credit towards the shipping quote.

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    ***EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND*** KICKSTARTER CLASSIC SPECIAL - You get a custom laser engraved ZBoard for $495 (the retail price will increase to $599 after April 2nd, 2012). Your name and contributor number (#001 to #500) will be laser engraved into the underside of the anodized aluminum battery box. S/H included to the contiguous 48 states. All others will receive a $50 credit towards the shipping quote.

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    KICKSTARTER PRO SPECIAL - You get a custom laser engraved ZBoard Pro for $745. This is our high performance model (the retail price will increase to $849 after March 15th, 2012). This is your only option if you are looking to pre-order the Pro model. Your name and contributor number (#001 to #100) will be laser engraved into the underside of the anodized aluminum battery box. Also, these will be the first ZBoards to ship! S/H included to the contiguous 48 states. All others will receive a $50 credit towards the shipping quote.

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    ***EXTENDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND*** KICKSTARTER PRO SPECIAL - You get a custom laser engraved ZBoard for $745 (the retail price will increase to $849 after April 2nd, 2012). Your name and contributor number (#001 to #500) will be laser engraved into the underside of the anodized aluminum battery box. S/H included to the contiguous 48 states. All others will receive a $50 credit towards the shipping quote.

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    KICKSTARTER PRO SPECIAL + CHOICE OF BOX COLOR + CUSTOM DECK, BOX ENGRAVING - You get a one-of-a-kind custom ZBoard Pro. You pick the hand painted deck design (we'll work with you on this). You pick the battery box color. You pick the customized message engraved into the underside of the battery box which will be included along with your contributor number (#01 to #10). We will work with you to give your ZBoard a look that is customized to your liking. S/H included to the contiguous 48 states. All others will receive a $50 credit towards the shipping quote.

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    ZBOARD CLASSIC DEALER SPECIAL - You get 10 ZBoard Classics, each marked for resale, each engraved with the message of your choice. Each board is discounted an additional $50 off the Kickstarter pricing, and $150 off our recommended retail pricing ($595). Also, purchasing this reward moves you up to the front of the line when we begin discussing distribution. Domestic freight included. International freight to be handled by customer.

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    ZBOARD PRO DEALER SPECIAL - You get 10 ZBoard Pro Models, each marked for resale, each engraved with the message of your choice. Each board is discounted an additional $70 off the Kickstarter pricing, and $170 off our recommended retail pricing ($845). Also, purchasing this reward moves you up to the front of the line when we begin discussing distribution. Domestic freight included. International freight to be handled by customer.

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