Toky: The HoverSkates
The cities are more and more crowded but our dynamism requires to move longer and longer distances in less time.
Furthermore, we are moving towards a green way of consuming, with less waste, more efficiency, but at the same time we demand faster, cheaper and better solutions continuously.
These dichotomies appear impossible to solve.
Introducing Toky: The new personal transportation robot for urban areas. It is a pair of Skates, but behaviour reminds to the traditional Segway. Nevertheless, it is much smaller, safer, cheaper and funnier. This is the ultimate last mile solution and is intended to change the paradigm of transportation systems.
It is being developed in collaboration with 新车间 (Xin Che Jian), a Hacker and Maker space located in Shanghai.
You can find all the information following this article and a contact form at the bottom of it.
Compared to a Segway
Compared to a Razor Scooter
Compared to a Hover Board
Compared to an Electric Unicycle
Timeline and Milestones
State of the art
What we want:
What we have:
Toky: First Prototype
The problem of this version is that the motor is at one wheel. Thus, the platform was going forward and spinning at the same time. Furthermore, the design was too bulky and not very convenient
I was inspired by the trendy hoverboard and their social impact. Thus, I decided to develop a first fast prototype to verify if the concept can be turned into reality.
I used old hoverboard pieces and some spare parts I could find around. The effect was good enough to keep improving it and create the next version.
Toky: Second Prototype
This second prototype is much better than the previous one in terms of size and design. Instead of two wheels at both sides, is powering one wide wheel just in the center of the platform. It leads to free movements, platform-centered actuator and reduced size.
Some of the specs are:
- The motor is a 200W 4″ Brushless DC that will reach a top speed of 25 Km/h
- The IMU is a 6 Degrees of freedom based on INVERSENS.
- The Electronic Speed controller is operating with Hall Sensors, and the power switches are MOSFET.
Now I need to improve the sensing board, reducing the size and Include an I2C communication with the Main board. I this version I will use an Arduino Nano as the main processing board.