Our final motor controller PCBs arrived last Friday and we’ve been hard at work populating and testing these boards for final production.
Phase 1: Get all electrical components working (4-5 days)
Right now, components like mosfet transistors and capacitors are being added and tested one-by-one in a meticulous fashion to ensure quality and longevity of the board. If all components were added to the board, and something fried, then we would have no idea where the issue is happening – therefore, we are testing one-by-one. After the electrical components are working, then we will move onto desktop testing.
Phase 2: Control desktop flywheels (3-4 days)
Once the entire PCB is populated and processing information correctly, we will move on to controlling the flywheels on the desktop. We have assembled 25-lb flyweels that replicate the force of a 175lb rider. These flywheels will allow us to optimize many factors like acceleration, regenerative braking and traction control before we get the boards on the ground.
Phase 3: Dial in speed, acceleration and traction control on the ground (5-7 days)
The home stretch for the motor control PCB will be the fun part – riding on the ground! This phase will ensure that the traction control, acceleration curves and speed control are all dialed-in and optimized for an amazing esnowboarding experience. We are going to take the LEIF over a variety of terrain here in NYC and test going on/off curbs, drifting around corners and just sliding around everywhere.
We have had a few opportunities to ride the prototype PCBs and it is a buttery smooth experience – so we can’t wait to get the final boards on the ground and riding all over the city.