Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hoverboard hack for electric skateboard

Hoverboard hubmotor ZRT Raspberry Pi Board Just finished a hoverboard hack into a skateboard and need to find better controllers. Has anyone built a ZRT board, or hacked the hoverboard, or used 2 Vescs with two remotes, or one combo remote for zeroT? Has anyone actually done position control with a BLDC motor with the Vesc controller? If anyone is useing a raspberry Pi on board I was wondering if they have figured out how to run the Vesc software on it? Also I now use 2 Pi's since I can't figure out how to reliably make one Pi be both a WiFi hotspot and a client at the same time. Right now, one Pi is the hotspot and gets internet via a short ethernet from the second Pi which is a WiFi client. Anyone interested in this please let me know and I will upload more details. thanks some pics before adding second Pi, and casters for ZRT


  1. Dam you beat me to it. I had the same idea but no time to finish. What type of controller are you using? I have the motors set up on my test bench and can get them to spin with the original motherboard and both daughterboards(sensor boards). When I use only one daughterboard connected to both sides of the motherboard the wheels rotate in opposite directions. Any insight you have would be appreciated.


  2. Hi Colin, sorry for the late response. I prototyped with 30dollar controllers, they blew up when tried to do real reversing, only had slow speed reverse. I moved to the VESC controllers which can handle braking and reverse and such, but every remote control method, RF, numchuck, etc. gave rough start with the big hubmotors, so I am using direct DtoA control from the raspberry Pis. Good news is now I have 10 inch prototype for an exoskeleton handlebot using Ozzmaker inertial sensors and google voice control, sort of

  3. Your post is very helpful for me... I am waiting for your new update... Cheap Hoverboards

  4. Hello!

    What pipe/rod did you use? And how did you attach it to the hubmotors? (Weld, pressure fit, solder, screws?)