Friday, January 22, 2021

Reverse engineering Hoverboards into electric skateboards for fun

Banned by airlines, they’re a great way to break an ankle or set your house on fire. However, they’re also a treasure trove of valuable parts for hacking. We’re talking about the infamous hoverboards, used by kids and midlife crisis dads. 

A hack- and modding community is growing that has taken interest in taking apart these hoverboards and build tem into new vehicles. One of the newest mods is a sort-of-a-skateboard build by Aaron.

Aaron’s build utilizes not only the hoverboard’s torquey hub motors but also the original control hardware, too. This is a cinch to repurpose, thanks to the custom firmware for the original controller developed by Niklas Fauth.

The hacked parts are crammed into a chassis built with aluminum extrusion, and the final result is a nimble and robust tank with one motor per wheel. This enables some exciting driving dynamics. Additionally, with all the torque available, Aaron is even able to ride it like an electric skateboard.

It’s a fun build that shows off the raw power available from the hoverboard hardware. We fully expect to see these parts remain popular in the hacking scene in the coming years.

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Nelson is a writer for LooksDangerous and currently rides a Boosted Mini X, Exway X1 Pro and Segway ES2. Co-founder of dutch lobbygroup LegaalRijden, which focusses on legalizing ESK8 in the Netherlands.
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