Making a Mini Prototype Hoverboard

Introduction: Making a Mini Prototype Hoverboard

About: I am a maker. As founder of MakerBlog, I enjoy sharing my creations with others.

Even though I have an extreme lack of technological knowledge, I still have a desire to build technologically involved projects. As you will see, this doesn't always turn out well. At the beginning of "Project Hoverboard", I wanted to convert broken RC Air Hogs Helicopters into a more involved flying machine. As I drew closer to the end of the project, I didn't care so much whether it flew well or not, just so long as it got off the ground.

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Step 1: Materials

It isn't likely that you'll have all of these lying around your house like I did, and I don't recommend buying them because this is a "How-Not-To" Instructable.

  • A Semi-functional RollerCopter
  • A fully functional Vectron Wave
  • An 18-count Foam Egg Carton
  • A Hot Glue Gun

Step 2: Planning

The basic design idea behind the project was similar to a Chinook helicopter. Two propellers lift the aircraft off of the ground, while rotating opposite directions to counter-balance spinning. I decided to use a foam egg carton as the mainframe for my project, as it is fairly light and durable. The front of the mini hoverboard would have the Vectron Wave attached, as shown. The back of the hoverboard would have the internals of the RollerCopter attached. I planned to control the aircraft with the remote from the RollerCopter.

Step 3: Controlling

Only the rear propeller is remotely controlled. The front propeller, the Vectron Wave, uses its sensor to automatically find a suitable height from the floor. When power is increased or decreased to the rear propeller, the entire aircraft tilts forward or backwards, controlling the direction and speed at which it travels. Turning can also be accomplished, but is very slow.

Step 4: Does It Work?

Yes! No. Once. I did successfully get the hoverboard off the ground once, but it needed to be trimmed desperately. After trimming, I tried to lift it off again but this time it wouldn't leave the ground. I thought that the battery might need to be charged so I tried to let it do so. In short, the rear motor hasn't powered on since, and therefore my progress has been halted.

Step 5: Conclusion

Over-all, I think I would've been able to make it "fly" if the rear motor hadn't shut down. But at least it qualifies as an epic fail!

Thanks for reading! Please comment below if you have successfully done something similar.

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