We are back with a few exciting updates to the progress of wrapping up the final details of the LEIF eSnowboard. It has been a hectic start to the summer with some speed bumps and challenges that have since been overcome.
PCB Development Progress
After an initial setback on the PCB development, our EE team has finally programmed the motor controllers to control each motor independently – which is critical to the traction control algorithms. The motor control module from Texas Instruments only ships with software libraries for one motor control. Their official position is that the two-motor control is being released any day now, but instead of waiting – we spent the last month building our own libraries and now have complete independent control of two motors with one chip!
Our combination of smart motor control and sensors allow the LEIF to know the direction, speed, and acceleration in real time to output the optimal power distribution between the two motors so that the LEIF is easy to control and provide a silky smooth ride. The next step now is to test and fine tune the traction control, which is the last piece of the motor control development.
Final Never Summer Decks + New Feature Announcement
The final comps of our maple decks, in collaboration with Never Summer, are on the way to our Brooklyn HQ for final testing. If all goes well (and we fully expect it to) we will be sending out deck size order forms to all of our pre-order customers so that you can choose your deck size.
Here are a few photos of the progress – with one special surprise…
Special Announcement: Never Summer Carbonium finish
We want the LEIF eSnowboard to be something special on every detail. Therefore, we worked with the Never Summer team to integrate the Carbonium finish – a finish that leaves the deck with the look and texture of carbon fiber. You have probably seen this finish on many of the Never Summer decks in your local board shop – and now it is coming to the LEIF eSnowboard!
Post-production finishing will leave the LEIF eSnowboard with the Carbonium finish much like the image below:
More Updates Coming Soon
It is hard to express how tremendously excited we are to see the LEIF eSnowboard finally come together with components and features that we didn’t dream possible even just 6 months ago. The next couple weeks will focus on dialing in the traction control and getting the main PCBs ready for final order. If you have pre-ordered the LEIF, be sure to keep an eye out for an email update next week to make your selection on your deck length.
Aaron, Dan & the entire LEIFTech Team