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 uses a hoverboard?

Hoverboards have been the new phenomenon on social media. Anyone can use it, but the hoverboard is not the safest mode of transportation to ride on. There are many hazards to a hoverboard but they are very popular and easy to learn to ride.

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.

Additional information

There have been many complaints to Swagway that the hoverboards are catching on fire after being left on the charger for too long.