#Homemade Hoverboard, Post One


1) The challenge I am striving to solve is that of making a hover board that is both functional and cheap.

2)Today, hover boards are really expensive because the engineers creating them use expensive sensors in order to improve their balance. This is good in order to make the design look cooler and make riding them a little easier, but it also results in a very high selling price. Gyroscopes and speed control boards are used to give information to the sensor inside the wheel, which causes the wheel to turn. This design like the previous is smart, but it makes the already expensive hover board even more costly.  Overall, companies are making their hover boards more efficient, but as a result they are also making them more expensive.

3) I have decided to mostly follow the home made hover board design Navin Khambala did, but add a few improvement of my own. For starters, instead of using a switch to turn on the hover board, I’ve decided to use a button, as I think it is would be easier to turn the motor on by stepping on a button, rather than using the foot to turn a switch.I have also decided to put a piece of wood, below the circuitry in order to protect it from getting ruined really fast.

4) If I am successful, then companies will make cheaper hover boards for families with less money in addition to the ones they are making right now.

5)Some obstacles I might encounter while making this homemade hover board include:

-The parts won’t come in time

– The building process will take too long

-I might incorrectly use a part and have to buy and therefore wait for it to arrive all over again

-A part I order might be defective

-Once I’ve built the hover board, I might fall off of it

6) I estimate that the cost will be about $29.07

7)I estimate that it will take me about a month and a half to complete it because the video I am using does not always give clear directions and so it will take me extra time to figure out how to do something in it. I am also taking in to account days which I might be absent and any other variables that might slow me down. If I mess up and need to order more parts, I estimate it will take me two months.

8) My first milestone will be making the base of the board on which I am going to attach the wheels. My second milestone will be attaching the motor to the wheels in order to let the hover board move forward. The second milestone will include the caster wheels as well.  The third and final milestone will be putting the battery on and connecting the wiring. The deliverable is that I am able to accomplish milestone 2. My goal is being able to make my hover board functional.