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StarkBoard lets you skate remote-free

StarkBoard lets you skate remo...
The StarkBoard remote-free electric skateboard is currently raising production funds on Indiegogo
The StarkBoard remote-free electric skateboard is currently raising production funds on Indiegogo
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The StarkBoard's sensors use body movement for ride control
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The StarkBoard's sensors use body movement for ride control
Stark Mobility reckons its electric board is good for all terrain use
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Stark Mobility reckons its electric board is good for all terrain use
The StarkBoard has a top speed of 20 mph and a 12 mile range
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The StarkBoard has a top speed of 20 mph and a 12 mile range
Exploded view of the Starboard's hub motor
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Exploded view of the Starboard's hub motor
The StarkBoard remote-free electric skateboard is currently raising production funds on Indiegogo
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The StarkBoard remote-free electric skateboard is currently raising production funds on Indiegogo
The StarkBoard's deck has useful carry holes for between rides
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The StarkBoard's deck has useful carry holes for between rides
The StarkBoard uses a combination of a gyro and four weight and motion sensors to control speed
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The StarkBoard uses a combination of a gyro and four weight and motion sensors to control speed
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Kicking pavement to speed through city streets is so last century. Today's skaters can truck along effortlessly with the help of electric motors and wireless remotes. Some boards don't even need a handheld controller to "know" when to speed up and slow down, using onboard sensors to detect rider intent. Like the StarkBoard, which makes use of weight and motion sensors to get you rolling.

Stark Mobility says its sensor-packed electric skateboard can be mastered in just 3 minutes, and simply involves stepping on, leaning forward and moving off – "the StarkBoard is completely controlled by your body's natural movements."

The electric drive setup uses a combination of a gyro and four weight and motion sensors to control speed, while a monitoring system keeps watch over the ride, looking for changes in body movement and adjusting the ride accordingly. A top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h) and a range of 12 miles (20 km) per charge is not going to thrill compete against the likes of the Evolve Bamboo GTX, but it should still get the wind blowing against your cheeks and not having to grip a hand remote makes for a more natural ride.

Stark Mobility reckons its electric board is good for all terrain use
Stark Mobility reckons its electric board is good for all terrain use

Stark reckons that its electric board's hub motors should be capable enough to handle 15 percent inclines and rough terrain, and intelligent braking system will stop you rolling back down the hill if it proves too steep. Usefully, the battery pack is removable, so riders could carry a fully charged spare in a backpack to extend the adventure.

The StarkBoard is made from maple ply, ABS and steel, with handy carry holes in the deck, and has LED lighting front and back for after hours cruising. Though it will come ready to ride out of the box, its makers have developed a mobile app to tweak ride modes, check battery status and log ride stats.

Stark Mobility is currently raising production funds over on Indiegogo to bring its electric skateboard into production. Pledges start at US$499, and if all goes to plan, delivery is set to start in February 2018. The pitch video below has more on the project.

Sources: Stark Mobility, Indiegogo

StarkBoard Live on Indiegogo

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
Man, I don't know about going down a steep hill and relying on leaning back and the board knowing what to do to keep me from speeding up and crashing... I think I still prefer to have a remote...
Joshua Tulberg
Remote vs Non-Remote has been a debate going on for ages, and it will continue to go on for ages because different people prefer different methods of control.
In my experience, those who come from skateboarding are keen on the remote, while those that don't are keen on non-remote. A friend of mine thats big on the non-remote likes to say: "In all other board-sports, you have to lean". But I'm still in the "remote" ship.