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Dokido – The Self-Propelling longboard Reimagined (Canceled)

A new way to workout and enjoy life using easy to learn balancing motions - It’s like dancing on a balance board!

Dokido – The Self-Propelling longboard Reimagined (Canceled)

A new way to workout and enjoy life using easy to learn balancing motions - It’s like dancing on a balance board!

$16,416
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
24
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 14 2019
Last updated October 14, 2019

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Dokido is the reimagined design of a board sport that uses a unique patent-pending rear wheel system to propel the board forward. Dokido translates to “the way of synchronization,” getting its name from a combination of the Japanese words doki, meaning “synchronization,” and do, the word for “way,” like Judo or Aikido. 

Dokido is in a longboard like shape with only one rear wheel. With dokido, you don't need to ride with your feet pushing on the ground. All you need is to sway on the board forward and back continuously. It's fun to ride, great for weight loss and good for developing the core muscles and stimulating the nervous system at the same time. Fast hopping motion associated with an eccentric wheel releases your tension and is stress relieving. Dokido uses the same weight shifting method seen in martial arts, golf or baseball etc. Dokido is a good tool to develop efficient and powerful weight shift in any sport. 

Thanks to the Earth’s gravity, you don’t need to put much power riding Dokido as explained in this campaign under "weight shifting technology."

Riders don’t need to push with a foot on the ground as they would with a traditional longboard. Instead, they synchronize their rocking to the spin of the rear wheel, giving them complete control over the board that even allows for uphill movement. The motion of shifting weight forwards(brings the eccentric hub at the top position) and backwards(brings the eccentric hub at the down position) between feet forces the uniquely-designed patent-pending rear wheel system called Saucerang System to turn the wheel one complete revolution forward.

So, how does Dokido cancel the back move created by the rider and turn it into the board moving forward? Each time you shift your weight backwards, the backstop bearings on the rear wheel cancel the back move, instead, with a little help from the Earth's gravity, the eccentric rear wheel turns forward vigorously by your movement downward associated with your weight shifting backwards and thus the back wheel turns most efficiently when your motion is perfectly synchronized with the turn of the rear wheel.  

The Dokido board is made out of 8 layers of bamboo with a carbon fiber bottom layer to add extra strength. The board also includes a built-in stopping mechanism using side bumpers that force the wheel to stop when Dokido is tilted to the side. The bumpers also allow for indoor use as it does not scratch floors or walls. 

Kickstarter Limited Edition “The Red Dots”
Precision milled tempered aluminum shafts & hubs, solid hand cast molded polyurethane wheel for extra durability

The traditional skateboard has been a beloved mode of exercise and entertainment for decades, but many beginners find it hard to step on a board and enjoy the ride without losing control. Dokido’s wheel design holds the board in a neutral position that doesn’t move without the rider’s intention. Instead of a freely-rolling board that requires riders to push off from the pavement, Dokido’s one-of-a-kind Saucerang System propels the board forward through a rider's swaying movement. When a rider isn’t actively rocking to move forward, the board keeps still, reducing the risk of injury. Not only is this longboard alternative a fun and easy way for beginners to enjoy the sport, but longtime-boarders will love the new challenge that comes with it. The board can even be propelled uphill. 

By using a land paddle, overall riding speed increases and make it easier to manage long distance rides. And, of course, you can ride Dokido by pushing like a traditional longboard too. (In these cases, the rider’s up and down motion will be the added driving force.) 

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Dokido is great for entertainment, commuting to work, or a solid workout. Great for young kids to adults and everyone can use the same sized board.

With no experience in skateboarding or longboarding, you can ride Dokido by swaying your body or using a land paddle, much easier for all ages for exercising or amusement purposes, or for athletes who are seeking out for a new way to exercise.

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Dokido is an innovative, eco friendly product. The board has been constructed from expertly designed hands. There are 8 layers of bamboo that are used to make up the board. Bamboo is a strong and sustainable material. The boards also contain many recyclable parts so be sure not to throw them out after heavy use. 

Saucerang System® Wheel Hub (Prototype)
Saucerang System® Wheel Hub (Prototype)

Dokido makes the biggest difference in the uniqueness and ease of how you ride the board. When you ride a skateboard or a caster board, stepping on the board is usually the hardest part especially for beginners. 

Dokido solves this problem with Saucerang System. Saucerang System is on the rear wheel which can hold the board more stable in the neutral position contributes both in ease of learning and minimizing the risk of injury, also transmits the rider’s dancing move to the driving force. Dokido is for everyone including middle-aged men or women, or young kids.

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The board is stabilized in the neutral position (down position/ Saucerang System® logo showing up on the rear wheel hub) because of the backstop bearings, plus, due to the Earth's gravity, the weighted eccentric hub wants to stay at the down position. So, when you step on Dokido, in regular stance, you can keep your left foot on the ground as a pivoting foot, just like when you ride on a bicycle, and put your right foot on the rear side first, then put your left foot on the front side, and when your both feet are on the board, shift your weight forward and start riding Dokido by dancing on the board!

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1. You can ride Dokido without the necessity of your foot touching the ground by shifting your weight forward and back (left and right) in such a way as dancing. 

The Floss Dance popularized by Backpack Kid, aka Russell Horning, and the Kunekune Taiso introduced by Hideo Araki, Honorary Professor of Tokushima University, the brain-science-based nervous system training that is already recognized broadly in Japan to prevent weakening for middle-aged to elderly people or gain more athletic ability for young kids, are good examples of how you dance on Dokido.

2. With Dokido, you can climb uphill and even start climbing in the middle of an uphill in the same manner.

3. You can carry around Dokido like a wheeled carry-on luggage by holding the rear ringed edge of the board.

Kaz Kumada - Inventor & Founder

One day in January 2013, my family and I went to an ice rink nearby Yokohama city in Japan where we lived. I was watching my 8-year-old daughter almost fall while ice skating and noticed that the mechanism of ice skating is so simple but so difficult, especially for a beginner. This sparked my memory of an idea I had in the 1990s about redesigning an eccentric-hub scooter with a new suspension system. I thought “Why don’t I take out the handle and make it simple.” This is how the idea of the skateboard with eccentric-hub came along.

Product Specific FAQs:

Can you ride Dokido like a traditional skateboard or longboard?

Yes, and the eccentric ratio of the back wheel is minimum, so you’ll feel more like riding on snow or water, rather than being bounced off the board.

Can Dokido be a tool to develop powerful weight shift in marshal arts?

Yes. Dokido is a good tool to develop the efficient and powerful weight shift in any sport.

Is Dokido enjoyable for experienced riders too?

Yes. This board is for people who are looking for a new way to exercise, moreover, experienced riders will like the added driving force too.

Is Dokido board good for rehabilitation?

Dokido helps you regain strength on your legs and knees, so yes, this board is definitely a good option for rehabilitation.

I have given up riding a skateboard or longboard long time ago, couldn't even step on it and carving or pumping seemed so difficult for me. Is Dokido easy to learn and good for all ages?

The inventor has never ridden a skateboard or longboard before, but at the age of 56, he started riding Dokido and solved his knee problem.

Stepping on Dokido is like climbing one little step up stairs, maintain balance on the board and then start riding by just swaying your body or using a land paddle, much easier for all ages, especially for middle aged men or women, or for young kids.

Can Dokido be controlled on a downward slope?

The eccentric hub wheel tends to catch speed on a downward slope, so we recommend using a land paddle for braking. A rattan land paddle produced by Canaan Longboards is what we recommend for lightness and durability and it's useful to manage long distance rides too.

How can I manage long distance rides with a land paddle?

Our proposal is as follows:

1. Step on the board, keep balance and stand still on the board.

2. Start moving forward by your swaying motion.

3. When you catch enough speed, switch to land paddling.

4. When you want to slowdown, use your land paddle as a brake and switch back to the swaying motion.

5. Slow down and stop. Even when you’re completely stopped, keep balance and stand still on the board. (You don’t need to step off the board at all.)

How can I avoid wheel bite on rough terrains?

By exchanging the front wheels and the front truck to any wider and larger ones distributed on the market, you’re likely more comfortable on rough terrains. Dokido’s front screw holes are in skateboard’s standard specification.

Can I use Dokido outside in bad weather? Will it warp the board?

While hard coating with PU is done on the deck and is water poof, we don't recommend using Dokido in bad weather for safety reasons. But instead, Dokido performs well indoors and it has bumpers to prevent from scratching floors or walls.

How fast can I go?

We would like users to ride Dokido at a slow to medium speed for exercise purposes, but if you want to ride Dokido faster and manage long distance rides, we recommend using a land paddle, though you’ll still feel much easier and safer than a traditional longboard. When you are riding Dokido in the swaying motion, the characteristics of speed and feel are similar to when you are swimming in the breaststroke.

Do you offer accessories or different designs?

There are red dots, grey dots and a simple black logo design to offer.

Do you have a replacement part department?

You can order replacement parts such as the board, bumpers, rear wheel, rear wheel hubs, rear wheel shafts and rear bearings from us for easy assembly.

What safety recommendations do you have?

We recommend wearing protective gears while riding Dokido safely in accordance with local laws.

We will have a very small presence at Maker Fair Atlanta on Sep.28 & 29, and we hope to bring some of our prototypes and able to show how to ride Dokido board to those of you who would like to try.

Hope to see you there!

https://atlanta.makerfaire.com/

https://www.atlantadowntown.com/do/maker-faire-atlanta-2019

Risks and challenges

We have experience in producing past consumer products. Because of this, we are aware of some of the manufacturing challenges. Good design takes time and experience which we have. We only expect small manufacturing delays if any. There’s always a chance of delays through customs or shipping. We are in constant contact with our manufacturers to bring you the latest updates.

Quality control is another issue we have faced in the past. To combat this, we will ask for periodic sampling and test out new colors with caution. We know what to look for and how to get there. However, we know that Plan A doesn’t always work and we always have a backup plan.

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