Universal Advanced VESC Remote Control (Photon) – Custom design3 weeks, 5 days ago | 0 Replies
I’ve been working on this project for the past few months, trying to design an advanced and compact remote control for DIY electric skateboards/longboards.
After doing some research trying to find the ideal remote for my DIY build, I was disappointed with how basic and unreliable all available remote controls were.
Why have an ADVANCED ESC like VESC if we can’t really take advantage of it?
So I decided to go back to the drawing board and design the ultimate universal remote control that is rich, compact and ergonomic. The idea is to allow DIY builders to use first-class remote controls to compete with the big brands out there.
Without further ado, here’s the design breakdown:
Hardware: A PCB custom-designed for this project.
The powerful and fast Cortex M0 32-bit microcontroller.
Built-in LIPO charger
Built-in piezoelectric buzzer for alarm
Built-in 2.4Ghz transmitter receiver with ceramic antenna amplifier for extended range and improved reliability.
Soft power lock can be turned on and off with a single button
Micro USB for charging.
0.95″ color OLED display.
Smooth joystick control.
Software: Custom designed software to make the most of your electric skateboard.
Carefully designed user interface with advanced instrumentation.
Displays remote battery level
Displays the battery level of the board
Fail-safe neutral throttle when disconnected
Total distance traveled
Buzzer warning when battery power is low
Custom accelerator acceleration and brake sensitivity – you can adjust acceleration and brake sensitivity separately, instead of having only 3 predefined riding modes like most other remote controls. Each -10 to 10, allowing about 400 possible riding modes.
Predefined wheel and gear ratios for speed calculations
Able to turn the buzzer on and off
Detailed statistics about your boards, voltages, amperages, etc…
If installed, you can choose to turn on or off the board light.
Change in units – miles per kilometer
Assign a function to a custom button (light control, cruise control…) .
Assemble the prototype quickly.
Case in point: Last but not least, the custom-designed case is very compact, ergonomic, and very portable. It’s only about 4.4 inches long / 11.4 centimeters and 1.8 inches wide / 4.6 millimeters
Cost: The cost of producing a single unit is now quite high, but it is certainly cheaper than the Evolutionary remote, should be less than $120, and if we manage to order in large quantities then we can significantly reduce the cost. Remote costs will affect part prices, assembly, and the amount of effort and time I personally spend designing hardware, software, and the whole thing from scratch.
I’m in the final stages, everything has been designed, assembled and tested. If you’re interested in this project, please vote in the poll below so I can get a clear idea of how to get started here.