Here’s a skateboard that doesn’t need a hill (or a push-off from your foot) for propulsion. James Howland and his project buddies, Pat Rimel and Nate Davis, created a motorized mountainboard as a project for their mechanical engineering class at Colorado State University. The gadget has a handheld speed control, and the team was able to get the board up to speed of 13 miles per hour. The speed decreases while traveling up hills but still has enough torque to conquer hills with ease. The mountainboard also has buzzer on the nose that acts as a horn.
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