Posted by:on April 29th, 2008
While the PowerBoard can be presented as a new type of skateboard, it’s attraction reaches beyond that of conventional skateboards. Adults, as well as children and teens are drawn to the PowerBoard’s high-tech/high-performance image. The PowerBoard is an exciting new exercise machine, a means of transportation, and a high performance sport vehicle all-in-one.
The prototype looks pretty heavy to be “small and light enough to be picked up and carried indoors!”
From the PowerBoard web site, since these things tend to disappear overnight:
The PowerBoard is an exciting new type of skateboard with an innovative pedal drive system. Like a regular skateboard, the PowerBoard can be ridden totally hands free, but the PowerBoard is propelled by pedaling, which is more efficient than pushing off the ground. The PowerBoard is built to go the distance – great for cruising yet small and light enough to be picked up and carried indoors!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The foot-supporting surface, or deck, of the PowerBoard is divided into two pedals that function independently of one another. Each pedal interfaces with a drive mechanism, that engages whenever the pedal is pushed down. This causes the wheels to rotate and propel the vehicle forward with any downward push of your foot. When you lift your foot, the pedal springs up, ready to re-engage the drive mechanism when the pedal is pushed down again.
Steering is accomplished by side-to-side tilting, the same as with a conventional skateboard. The commercial model of the PowerBoard will be equipped with a handle for easy carrying and a simple mechanism for holding the pedals in the more convenient “down” position.
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