Check Out The Magic (And Technology) Behind Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard Onewheel


Every once in a while in this job you see something that just fucking blows your mind. Some invention that makes you wonder “How’d they think of that?” and then “How the hell did they actually get that to work?”

That’s how I felt the first time I saw Onewheel, the magical self-balancing electric skateboard that’s currently collecting backers on Kickstarter.

Onewheel is the brainchild of Kyle Doerksen, an electromechanical engineer and board sports enthusiast who previously worked at IDEO. Over the last several years, he’s been toying around with the idea of building a skateboard that would give users the ability to get around while feeling like they were surfing or skiing on powder.

The result is a beautiful and simply designed board that is smart enough to balance users standing still, but powerful enough to move up to 12 miles per hour when users lean to…

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