About this project
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.
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.
Select a single reward and when prompted, input the following value for the combo of boards you are interested in:
2 Classics: $990 ($495 + $495)
2 Pros: $1490 ($745 + $745)
1 Pro, 1 Classic: $1240 ($745 + $495)
And so on.
We do not offer bulk discounts unless you buy 10 or more ZBoards (see dealer rewards).
Equipped with regenerative braking and an electric motor, the ZBoard gets a carbon footprint equivalent of up to 1500 miles/gallon.
The ZBoard can successfully make it up most hills, especially when it gets a moving start. On downhills, the ZBoard will limit the rider's speed for safety. Also, the rider can bring the ZBoard to a complete stop on the downhill by leaning back to brake.
Yes, the ZBoard works for goofy footed riders.
Wet pavement will not harm the ZBoard but do not ride it in the rain and avoid large puddles.
Yes. The ZBoard comes with a 90 day limited warranty and a 6 month battery warranty.
While the ZBoard will roll, it will not roll as well as a standard skateboard. You can push, just expect to travel slowly.
Yes - virtually anyone can ride it. If you know how to skateboard, you will be ZBoarding right away. If you have never skateboarded before, you'll begin getting the hang of it in a matter of minutes.
Yes, the battery is replaceable on both models. Replacement requires a hex head screw driver which will come with your board. You can replace your battery mid-day, or upgrade your ZBoard Classic to a ZBoard Pro with the higher quality Lithium-Ion Battery. Upgrading may require you to send the entire board or certain components back to us.
Replacement batteries will go on sale this summer.
Shipping quotes and tax will be applied to international orders after the Kickstarter Project closes on April 2 2012. Remember, you get a $50 shipping credit if you purchase the $495 reward or higher. Shipping costs are listed below.
$50: United States
$85: Mexico, Canada
$150: UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Portugal
$200: Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Finland
$250: Australia, Russia, Singapore, Czech Republic
No Shipping To: China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong (due to international import/export restrictions)
All other countries, please go to our website, select the ZBoard of your choice in the store, and then click "Check Out." You will be prompted with a shipping calculator that will give you a quote.
We do not recommend doing tricks on your ZBoard.
We recommend 225 pounds or less. Heavier riders wont crack or snap the deck, but performance will be compromised.
Yes, the ZBoard, its design, and its electronics are all Patent Pending. "ZBoard" is a trademark of INTUITIVE MOTION INC, a California corporation. All rights reserved.
Our video was shot and edited by Hunt House Pictures. They were great and we look forward to working with them again.
The "Z" in ZBoard refers to the Z-axis. The rider navigates through the X-Y plane by administering force in a direction parallel to the Z-axis (down, into the footpads).
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