When it comes to technology, sometimes it’s more fun to build the gadget yourself – and what better tool could you ask for than the Raspberry pie? Creator and developer Orhan Günsal apparently had the same thought when designing this Hoverboard powered by Raspberry Pi project. Not only is it powered by Pi, but it has additional features that take it to the next level with wireless support.
This hoverboard has four wheels, each controlled by the Raspberry Pi using 250 watt motors. In a demo video of the project shared by Günsal, he demonstrates the mobility of his custom Pi-powered hoverboard using a web interface with a few pre-programmed control options.
Günsal is no stranger to DIY tech projects – he has a fun history of past projects posted on his Youtube channel featuring various motorized mechanisms, some with graphical interfaces similar to the one used in this hoverboard creation. It’s no surprise that he was able to channel those previous experiences into the hoverboard setup we admire today.
The main driver behind this project is a Raspberry Pi 3B but you can easily swap it out for a PI 4 if that’s what you have on hand. It is connected to four 250 watt motors, each connected to a single wheel. The UI is configured to manipulate these wheels to move the platform forward, backward, and rotate in different directions.
A custom Python script is used to operate the motors that drive the wheels. It interfaces with its custom GUI that runs on a PHP-based web page hosted using an Apache web server. He can access this page wirelessly, which makes it possible to operate the hoverboard using smartphones, tablets or PCs via a web browser.
If you want to take a closer look Raspberry Pi Projectwatch the current demo video shared on YouTube by Orhan Günsal and be sure to follow it for future updates.