While today’s youth isn’t yet gliding around town on the hoverboard from Back to the Future, the Zboard brings us yet another step closer to this reality. Though it doesn’t yet float above the ground, the Zboard is a weight-sensing electric skateboard that allows users to lean forward to go and lean back to stop.
What started as a school project in 2009 has turned into one of the best startups of 2013, with a product that aims to change the way people get from place to When founders Ben Forman and Geoff Larson began their research, the only electric skateboard on the market required a hand unit to control its propulsion so the students envisioned a hands-free electric skateboard, moving as the operator shifted weight.
“We removed that hand control. We embedded all the control into the deck itself,” said Forman. “It really becomes an extension of your body.”
The Zboard raised over $275,000 on Kickstarter, blowing past the pair's original $10,000 goal. All Zboards are made and assembled in California, going through rigorous testing before being shipped to customers.