Motion of a Hoverboard
By: Clementine and Lauren
What does a hoverboard do?
A hoverboard is a self-balancing two-wheeled board/electric scooter. It is portable, rechargeable, and battery powered device. It is controlled by your feet standing on the built-in gyroscopic sensored pads. When you lean forward, backwards, or to the sides it rolls in that direction.
How fast does it usually go?
A Swagway hoverboard's speed is 2-10mph. The maximum weight it can hold is 220-325lbs. The average range it can travel is 11.5 miles.
Who invented the hoverboard? How did people get around before it was invented?
Shane Chen invented the first ever hoverboard in 2013. Before the hoverboard many people used cars, trains, buses, bikes, planes, walking, etc. The device was just recently invented so there are many problems Swagway is trying to fix.
What materials are in a hoverboard?
- ABS outer body casing
- Aluminum wheels
- Rubber tires
-LED front headlights
What fores are involved in the operation?
Gravity plays a huge role in the movement of a hoverboard because when you lean, your weight shift makes it go/turn. Friction causes it to roll instead of slide.
What energy changes take place?
When you do work on the hoverboard with your feet that causes it to have chemical energy when the motor makes the board go. When the motor makes the wheels go, it causes mechanical energy. The wheels cause the hoverboard to go, which causes kinetic energy.
How does a hoverboard work?
There is a pressure pad under each foot pad when you lean forward or step on it the board moves forward. The same thing goes for turning left and right, and going backwards.
There have been many complaints to Swagway that the hoverboards are catching on fire after being left on the charger for too long.