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  • Marbel Electric Longboard to Allow Users to Control Their Ride with an iOS App


    Commuters who prefer to travel on a longboard will soon have a new, lighter option that works with their iOS device in the form of the Marbel electric skateboard. The company behind the device is currently seeking last-minute funding on Kickstarter where it has already blown past its initial goal. Being highlighted as the world’s lightest electric skateboard at just 9.9 pounds, the Marbel sports a custom-molded deck made of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The board’s batteries sit in a compartment inside the deck, while motors mounted on the rear axle are said to have enough power to propel the board uphill at up to 20 miles per hour for 10 miles.

    Riders can control the Marbel using a handheld remote throttle or via touch controls in a companion iPhone app. The app also allows owners to choose different “modes” for Marbel’s power circuitry such as a starter mode that limits to top speed to six miles per hour or an “eco” mode that dynamically adjusts power output to maximize range. Additionally, the app provides a number of convenience features such as an antitheft mode, which prevents the board from being used when locked with the app, and a map that will show riders exactly how far they can go before the Marbel’s battery dies.

    Interestingly enough, Marbel appears to have chosen to build a Wi-Fi hotspot into the board, rather than connect via Bluetooth. The decision could prove problematic for riders who like to stream music or other media over a mobile data connection while riding.

    Will any of you be looking into purchasing the product upon its release?

    Source: Marbel (Kickstarter)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Marbel Electric Longboard to Allow Users to Control Their Ride with an iOS App started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. mwhite67's Avatar
      mwhite67 -
      I built my own electric longboard out of remote control car parts and it is super fun to ride. It's not as nice looking as this but it probably goes faster. I wouldn't want to control it with my phone in case something happens. Wouldn't want to drop my phone at high speeds.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwhite67 View Post
      I built my own electric longboard out of remote control car parts and it is super fun to ride. It's not as nice looking as this but it probably goes faster. I wouldn't want to control it with my phone in case something happens. Wouldn't want to drop my phone at high speeds.
      Just get the iPhone arm band or the iWatch
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      ...or just use your feet
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      ...or just use your feet
      I guess we may as well go back to a chisel and stone slab instead of pen and paper too then, yeah?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      I guess we may as well go back to a chisel and stone slab instead of pen and paper too then, yeah?
      Seriously?!?! Is that the analogy you're going with?

      It's a skateboard!!! If your device fails, you use your FEET to stop the skateboard that is 4-5" from the ground! Even crazier, you can use those same feet to propel the skateboard in different directions!

      [emoji95]Mind Blown[emoji95]

      How lazy is society really becoming???
    1. synthesis777's Avatar
      synthesis777 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Seriously?!?! Is that the analogy you're going with?

      It's a skateboard!!! If your device fails, you use your FEET to stop the skateboard that is 4-5" from the ground! Even crazier, you can use those same feet to propel the skateboard in different directions!

      [emoji95]Mind Blown[emoji95]

      How lazy is society really becoming???

      OK here's a better analogy:

      "Instead of putting a motor on a bike and calling it a moped, why don't you lazy idiots just peddle it with your feet. Come one man the peddles are right there and so are your feet. You're just lazy for wanting to travel faster and more efficiently over longer distances."
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by synthesis777 View Post
      OK here's a better analogy:

      "Instead of putting a motor on a bike and calling it a moped, why don't you lazy idiots just peddle it with your feet. Come one man the peddles are right there and so are your feet. You're just lazy for wanting to travel faster and more efficiently over longer distances."
      It's - a - skateboard!!!

      How fast do you plan to go ON A SKATEBOARD?

      How safe is it to travel high speeds ON A SKATEBOARD?

      You realize skateboards have small, hard wheels; correct? Is the pavement perfectly smooth everywhere you go? Your risk for wrecking is far greater than on a bike/moped/motorcycle/tricycle!

      Besides, the original statement was regarding what would happen if they lost their phone at high speeds on this skateboard. I said, "use your feet" to stop the imminent death that was upon him/her.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I said, "use your feet" to stop the imminent death that was upon him/her.
      I didn't realize that's how you meant it. Makes sense now I think it's a cool idea and anyone that longboard's for commute by FOOT must have a clear path to do so with a motor.
      I wasn't trying to be a jerk just my thinking was, what if they said that with the bikes, cars or phones for that matter. Technology wouldn't be what it is now if we didn't support different ideas or change.