Leave it to a Silicon Valley-based Californian to mechanise a longboard. John Ulmen built a prototype board with a lithium-ion battery, onboard computer and lightweight brushless motors in May 2011 while he was still a mechanical engineering student at Stanford. Later that year, he joined forces with fellow students Matt Tran and Sanjay Dastoor to create Boosted longboards, which are powered by twin 1,9 kW motors.
The team raised R4,6 million using Kickstarter; production units should be available within a few months.
Catch the Boosted longboards in action in this video…
The trio’s creation was recognised in PM’s Backyard Genius Awards 2013. Get your hands on our October 2013 issue – on sale 23 September – to meet more backyard geniuses with unconventional, slightly irrational but utterly awesome, creative inventions.