Powerboard: “Define the Problem” Part 1


By: Ihan Do

  1. What are you trying to do? What challenge are you trying to solve? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon

We are trying to build an electric skateboard. The challenge we are trying to solve is faster transportation on a skateboard. Our objective is to create a time efficient way to get from point A to point B.

2. How is it done today, and what are the limits of how people are solving this challenge today? What are the pros and cons of current practice?

People use motors and pulley belts to turn the skateboard wheels. The pros are that it is simple and fairly cost efficient. however the batteries used to power the motor are not very stable and will require maintenance.

3. What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

We are using a motor with more torque to carry us better. We are also using a different set of batteries than most because they will last longer but will provide less power.

4. Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

Our teacher will care, because if we don’t succeed we fail. If we succeed, it will allow us to travel much faster and with less effort than a normal skateboard.