Making an Arduino controlled skateboard - senior project

Hi all,

I’m very new to the electric skateboard community, and I’ve been doing a good amount of research. I am making an electric skateboard for a senior project for school, and I want to use an Arduino to control it from my phone. I’m aiming to keep this sort of cheap (but I don’t think that’s gonna happen) and I was hoping that I could find some advice on choosing parts, compatibility, and utilization.

Here are my parts so far: Motor: diy-electric-skateboard-kits-parts/motor-6374-190kv-3150w/ VESC: diy-electric-skateboard-kits-parts/vesc-the-best-electric-skateboard-esc/ Drive train: Arduino UNO Battery:

My questions are: -what am I missing? -is there anything glaringly wrong with this configuration? -is there anywhere I can go to find a tutorial on how to implement the Arduino and use my iPhone as a controller?


Hey i am doing something not too dissimilar at the moment, although I am using another arduino instead of a phone as the controller as I felt that would be more suitable, although i did look at using my phone.

As far as I know the only option to communicate between the two is via bluetooth which is possible using an arduino bluetooth module and then either using an App like this or by writing your own in Xcode. Example insructables here.

From what I have seen this is slightly easier to implement with Android but still not easy.

Personally I didnt fancy using a touchscreen to control the board as it seems a bit risky not having actual buttons in your hands

you’re getting at least 2 of them batteries right?

this guy controls his with android;

and this is his website;

good luck and keep us updated with the progress

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2 things you may want to consider -

If you use your phone as a controller and you crash there’s a good likelihood that you’ll damage your phone.

You won’t be able to shoot video of your elongboarding shenanigans.

I went down this path using android and MIT App Inventor and it worked pretty well but in the end I decided a dedicated controller was better.

I was planning on getting two, yeah, but it would be ideal to find one battery for cheaper than the two.