[Blabber] Building an electric skateboard (for art)

Chris Stratton cs07024 at gmail.com
Wed May 25 01:47:07 UTC 2016

A DC motor with a single pulse per revolution encoder (optical or
magnet/hall) may be easiest.

Some brushless motor drivers from the RC world are ATmega-based, though non
Arduino, and they implicitly know the commutation rate which is a small
fixed integer multiple of the rotation rate.  But if your wheel is in
contact with the ground you probably need a "sensored" motor with three
hall sensors in it anyway, and a car vs plane/quad type driver able to read
those for reliable operation at loaded starting speeds.
On May 24, 2016 9:40 PM, "Diego Zaks" <ddzaks at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi HM,
> long time no see!
> I'm doing an art piece that requires me to build a simple electric
> skateboard (not for riding) that will spin its wheels. I want to use an
> Arduino to control the motor and to display a revolution count. I was
> thinking of using Stepper motors, but I do need some RPMs (Need to spin the
> wheel at 14mph).
> I've never worked with brushless motors before, just started reading up on
> ESCs and what they do. Got any suggestions for what parts to get? Any
> success stories with Arduinos and Motors?
> Cheers!
> --
> Diego Zaks
> Freelance Design Consultant
> +1 (917) 940 1373
> www.diegozaks.com
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