@JMAC Visual difference that I observe are the 2 screws on rail appear closer together and no hole .
I believe it was purposely manufactured that way so diyers dont mix and match stuff.
@wheelrich yes, better traction.
. This is the only problem i have seen with your company and its the only thing that is preventing me from purchasing your product, fear that if something bad happens i will be unable to get it taken care of through your customer service system.
So, you dont even have a board yet ?
LOL! I wish there were a support group for all my pet peeves.
This has been sidetracked a bit. It isn't really meant to be a "product improvements" thread, but rather a business strategy thread.
I apologize for participating in it. However "Business Strategy" should always consider "Product Improvements".
-Where do you think marketing budget should be best spent/what groups and demographics targeted?
Marketing budget should be partially spent on me and those who help sell the product. Every time I stop to answer the questions people ask me, I spend the time to explain a whole bunch of facts about the Onewheel. OW definetly has cool factor. Everyone wants to be cool. That being said , it all comes down to who can afford it. I am a middle-aged dude who can afford these machines..
Kids(5-18yrs): $0 income; wants 1, cannot afford but can influence the purchase.
Student Adults: $0 income left; wants 1 but cannot afford.
Working Young Adult(19-30): $2500 ; 1% interested ; small interest
Career Adults( 30- 100): $2500- $1,000,000; have money .
Most smart Marketeers know where to dig their gold.
-What else to add to the product lineup?
Hmmm. A lot of risk assessment.
I know quite a few successful restaurants have a very small menu. Little variety but very good food.
I would like to see an uncanned open source version OW control board. Could be higher in price but need to be incompatible with a the existing versions.
-Do you think it makes sense to go public or sell out to a larger sporting goods company?
Why even have the thought. Quality control would be even worst than ever. I still hearing chatter of bad Support.
-Best growth strategies?
Make it cheaper.
Hmmm. The " Pint " fits the criteria of affordable.
An outside parts source is available as mentioned.
Pros: Accessibilty, DIY, cheaper.
Cons: Availability is inconsistent, used parts, warranty none.
Whatever reason(s) FM dont sell their internal parts, is their prerogative .Unless their is some kind of competitor it is not likely that this will change .
I think it's more about quality control. OW is low volume , high price item. Remember that a growing company needs to sustain to have R&D, profitability, and existence.
When they've realized that their new board sales have decreased due to more DIYers , perhaps then they'll change their policies.
"Competition is good for business"
@fruitygreen It would never be instantaneous. It would be a gradual transition over ~1/6 second, which is probably slower than you tilt the board, for a given input of the same magnitude. The lag would be minimal (microseconds), if using a RTOS on the arduino.
I guess that way would be good for going slow through grade transitions. Hmmm not so appealing to me.
Hand throttle would completely defeat the purpose of having the onewheel. If you want a hand throttle, just get a boosted board or similar.
Just thinking of solutions, not different style ride
Unless you're saying to have a hand throttle to set the "relative tilt" which could be done, but would only be useful for very long term averaging, in which case, sonar would give you the same results, without needing a hand controller.
Sonar not quite the same end results.
I think I have an idea to get what I want to achieve. More of a mechanical solution.
( Having the control board on a hinge and use a servo to tilt it) That way I can just tilt the controller(mimicking nose down) while holding the ideal angle I want.
OW dont have enough power for instantaneous change in grade. Besides the lag in the process with sensors would make riding a little quirky.
I think that a manual throttle override system is the better way to go.
Just tilt the grade and throttle it. Yes I know nobody wants a remote added in hand but I have at particular times wanted more power in a particular angle.