For the past months I have been working on this project on and off trying to design an advanced and compact remote control for diy electic skateboards/longboards.
After doing some research trying to find the ideal remote for my DIY build, I was disappointed by how basic and unreliable all the available remotes are.
Why have such an advanced ESC like the VESC if we can’t really take advantage of it?
So I decided to start from scratch and design the ultimate universal remote that is both feature rich, compact, and ergonomic. The purpose of this design is to allow DIY builders to have access to a top notch remote that competes with the big brands out there.
Without further ado, here is the design breakdown:
Hardware: Custom designed PCB specifically for this project.
- Powerful and fast cortex M0 32bit microcontroller.
- Built in LIPO charger
- Built in Piezo Buzzer for alerts
- Built in 2.4Ghz transmitter receiver with a ceramic antenna amplifier for an extended range and better reliability.
- Soft power latching, turns on and off with a single push button
- Micro USB for charging.
- 0.95" Color OLED display.
- Smooth joystick control.
- Three push buttons
Software: Custom designed software to take full advantage of your electric skateboard.
- Well designed user interface with an advanced gauge.
- Displays remote battery level
- Displays electric board battery level
- Failsafe neutral throttle in case of disconnection
- Total distance traveled
- Buzzer warning when battery is low
- Custom throttle acceleration and braking sensitivity - Instead of having only 3 predefined riding modes like most other remotes do, you can adjust both acceleration and braking sensitivity separately. From -10 to 10 each, allowing for around 400 possible riding modes.
- Predefined wheel and gear ratios for speed calculation
- Ability to turn the buzzer on and off
- Detailed stats about your board, voltage, amperage, etc…
- Option to turn board lights on and off if you have them installed.
- Units change -Mile/KM
- Assign a function to the custom push button( Light control, cruise control…).
Quickly put together prototype.
Case: Last but not least, a custom designed enclosure that is very compact, ergonomic, and very portable. Only about 4.4 inches long/ 11.4cm and 1.8inches wide/ 4.6mm
Cost: The cost to produce a single unit right now is fairly high, but certainly cheaper than the evolve remote, it should be less than 120$ and if we manage to order a large batch then we can reduce the cost significantly. Remote cost will factor parts prices, assembly, as well as my personal effort and time spent designing the hardware, software, and the whole thing from scratch.
I’m currently in the final stage, everything was designed, assembled, and tested. If you are interested in this project, please vote on the following poll so that I can have a clear idea on how to take things from here.
- Yes! Count me in.
- not interested.