February 07, 2018 – MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. â€“ Two years ago, Hoverboard Technologies revealed its â€œHoverboardâ€�, superâ€�highâ€�end, oneâ€� narrowâ€�wheeled electric skateboard, or â€œLand Surferâ€�. Market response was overwhelming, but also overwhelming was the negative reaction to the $4,000 price tag. Rather than complete and release the product as it was, Hoverboard Technologies went back to the drawing board and developed the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500. In addition to making their Land Surfing experience almost
1/3 the price (at $1,495), this was the companyâ€™s chance to deploy everything they had learned to make the product completely responsive to the marketâ€™s entire enumeration.
With an internal, dieâ€�cast aluminum frame and an external polycarbonate shell, the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 weighs in at only 18 pounds, 7 pounds lighter than its predecessor. A soft pneumatic tire has replaced the solid polyurethane version in the previous iteration, resulting in a much smoother ride and greater control, especially over bumps or rough terrain, and now features much more active steering and control with the tilting of the board. This innovative approach which allows for a more active tiltâ€�toâ€�turn responsiveness, has slashed the learningâ€�curve to the point where many people can ride it with little or no practice. This new feature allows the rider to truly experience the sensation of surfing or floating on land.
Currently the market is inundated by numerous oneâ€�wheeled electric skateboards with very wide tires like the ones you see on a Goâ€�Cart. These are easier to ride for the firstâ€�timer, but heavier and much less maneuverable than the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500. With the narrow tire, and a little extra practice, the rider can spin, cut and carve with greater ease and flexibility. In addition to greater control and maneuverability, stopping and getting off the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is as simple and easy as touching your toes to the ground. At this sideâ€�angle, the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 goes into standbyâ€�mode which makes it easier to dismount.
Also unique to the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500, is the way it senses the rider. Other products have a button or certain area of the footâ€�pad that is pressureâ€�sensitive. This is awkward because the rider has
to be mindful of where they place and keep their feet. The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 actually senses the reactive pressure on the wheel itself, so the rider can stand anywhere or anyâ€�way they want on the board and their presence will be detected without any additional sensors or special effort.
The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 has NO Remote Control, as opposed to the other oneâ€�wheel electric skateboards on the market. The controls and sensors are built directly into the device which allows the rider to maneuver it by simply shifting their bodyâ€�weight. Leaning forward causes the board to accelerate and leaning back makes it decelerate. Tilting the board side to side causes it to turn, just like a traditional skateboard. Controlling the board is extremely intuitive.
Based on the extensive feedback we received, the users overwhelmingly favored removable batteries, not just to facilitate repair or upgrade, but to rapidly snapâ€�inâ€�andâ€�out, so extras could be taken and used on longer trips. The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is sold with a single battery, but has the capacity to house two batteries at the same time. Additional batteries may be purchased and they are easily swappable with a single click. A single battery will allow for a range of 7 Miles and over 14 Miles with two batteries installed. Charging Time has been reduced to only 2.5 hours from zero to fullâ€�charge with standard charger and its magâ€�safe connection. Just locate the charger connector near the charge port and it will magnetically jump into place, and no damage will be done by tripping over the cord.
The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 can travel at speeds of up to 16 mph, although riders are encouraged to gearâ€�up if they wish to go faster than they can easily run.
The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is equipped with programmable onboard lighting. Riders can use the app to connect to the board and deploy a variety of lighting effects, or just choose a singe favorite color, as well as control the level of brightness. Bluetooth speakers play music, but their real value is revealed when paired with Google Maps. Engage navigation, but specify â€œwalking modeâ€� and the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 will navigate the rider, not just over streets, but through parks, public paths and walking bridges. It will automatically lower the music (when playing), announce that a turn is to be made and then restore the music to the selected volume. The rider can take the fastest route anywhere while just focusing on having fun.
Patented groundâ€�detecting â€œlidarâ€� (Sonar, but using light) is used to keep the board parallel to the changing terrain. The deck of the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is kept low, for stability and optimal carving capability. Since the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 can climb a reasonably steep hill, the limitation becomes the front of the board hitting the ground as it gets steeper, or the back dragging as the ground slopes down. The lidar sensor, located in the center of the Battery Pack, is constantly pulsing out infrared bursts of light and actually measuring the time it takes the pulses of light to return in order to deduce the distance to the ground in realâ€�time. Programming in the board
then sees when the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is approaching a hill and â€œtiltsâ€� the board up or down as necessary to keep it parallel to the ground. The ends are turnedâ€�up in order for the rider to still feel comfortable and secure that their feet wonâ€™t slide off as the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 changes pitch.
The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is one of the very few, if not possibly the only personal ridable that has a dedicated hardware â€œCoulomb Counterâ€�, which literally counts the total amount of â€œchargeâ€� flowing in and out of the battery to get a nearly exact value of range remaining. Lithium Ion batteries donâ€™t change voltage in proportion to their state of charge, so typical techniques for indicating remaining charge are notoriously inaccurate on todayâ€™s ridables. The GeoBladeâ„¢ 500, however, displays the remaining charge with great precision using an LED bar graph on the board itself and with even greater precision on the free, downloadable app.
Bottomâ€�line, once mastered, the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 feels like a new and indispensable addition to oneâ€™s body. The rider just leansâ€�into the direction they want to go and the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 carries them there like a silent magic carpet. The experience is truly indescribable and yet everything Robert Bigler, the inventor and founder imagined it would be, for so many years.
Riders report wanting to take their GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 everywhere and that it inspires them to reâ€� explore for recreation, and even use it to commute. At $1,495, the GeoBladeâ„¢ 500 is well positioned at the highâ€�end of personal eâ€�mobility devices market as â€œrealâ€�, durable transportation, not just a toy one would play with. It is the optimal â€œlastâ€�mileâ€� solution with its unique range, speed, size and weight, and most of all, you donâ€™t look like a dork riding it!
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