0

August 21, 2017 AT 11:59 am

#ManufacturingMonday: How a Bratwurst Inspired the Invention of the Kickboard Scooter

This is an interesting story about how his family’s past and a bratwurst lead Wim Ouboter to found Micro Mobility Systems, best known in the U.S. for their ‘kickboard’ products. The article is filled with nuances of manufacturing issues to deal with including the supply chain, I.P., even permission from loved ones to venture into startup business!

Bet you didn’t know that the invention of the kickboard scooter began with a sausage… the best bratwurst in Zurich.

Well, it did! In this Learning from InvENtors post, we’re going to highlight the inventor of the kickboard scooter – Wim Ouboter.

Ouboter’s first startup was a mechanical parts distributor. He readily admits that he lacks any formal engineering or technical training. Despite this, he continued working with wheel sizes, wheel bases and scooter decks for his first prototype.

He asserts that he ‘put a few things together’, and enlisted the assistance of a welder. At the same time, he decided to capitalize on the robust, but low-friction and absorbent plastics that were being produced for in-line skate wheels.

Read more.


Check out all the Circuit Playground Episodes! Our new kid’s show and subscribe!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Learn resistor values with Mho’s Resistance or get the best electronics calculator for engineers “Circuit Playground”Adafruit’s Apps!


Maker Business — Lessons Learned Scaling Airbnb 100X

Wearables — ABS ABC

Electronics — When do I use X10?

Biohacking — The Quantified Self Approach to Lowering Blood Glucose

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.