- Posted December 7, 2013 by
A New Way to Use Gravity to Have Lots of Fun!
I must admit I had problems trying to describe exactly what is this new recreational vehicle like. For me, it seemed to me a combination of a bicycle, a kick scooter and a skateboard.
But once I got into the interview, I found it really is a new method of propulsion that I have never seen before.
And it also seemed like lots of fun for kids, teenagers and grown ups, too.
To check on this personally, I decided to visit Chris Miller- CTO, Jerry Gentile- COO and Brian Gallagher- CEO, all of them executives at Bowboard™, in their Clearwater, Florida office.
I needed more specific details to better understand this innovative idea. I wanted to be sure it was something new being offered to the sports and recreation fans out there.
Before heading to the owners shop, I was expecting to see a normal skateboard and scooter with some twists added to it, just make it appear different to the riders, for marketing & selling purposes.
CEO Brian Gallagher stepped outside the office and stepped onto the latest Bowboard™ model. With only two or three initial kicks, he gained a 12 mph speed. Right away I knew this was a new and more fun way to ride around town, checking things at a speed you can control with breaks, as opposed to regular skate boards and scooters.
The Bowboard™ uses the weight of your body and converts it into a forward motion. He showed me two different ways of riding: one where you stay on the Bowboard for the entire ride, pressing the board that resembles a bow with both feet, thus the Bowboard name. And another where you alternatively step on one of your legs and kick with the other to gain speed, like you would do it with a skateboard.
Basically, the Bowboard™ combines a bow, frame and spiral gearing mechanism in a ride-on device. When stepping on the bow, the Bowboard "spiral drive" mechanism moves you forward when stepping on the bow. This patented spiral drive seemed to me one of the most important parts that makes possible to use the gravity of your body weight to convert it into a forward motion.
Since I had so many questions going on in my mind, I asked Chris Miller and Brian Gallagher for this video interview, to allow them to better explain the concept to me and the CNN readers.
At the time of this writing, the Bowboard is going through a funding phase with Kickstarter. Kickstarter is home for everything from films, games, music, art, design and technology ideas that are brought to life through the direct financial support of people like you and me.
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/Bowboard