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  1. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    "Excitement and challenge" improvements in the EUC industry have thus far been provided by the increase of speed/power (allowing more technical control), increases in wheel diameter (allowing more bumpy terrain), and range (for longer or less efficient riding). For all but the most extreme riders, the V11 appears to satisfy those needs and for them this wheel will be the most exciting wheel they've ever used. For invincible youths with extreme-sports passions who are constantly chasing the dragon to find new ways of putting their body in danger, there will never be enough speed to stave off the boredom of the previous generation. Unlike the most extreme people, I've not become desensitized to the euphoria of riding on previous generation wheels. If having 5mph less top speed makes a great wheel "boring", I can understand where these enthusiasts are coming from but I strongly disagree. I think riding an EUC on any terrain, at any speed, is inherently fun. It's not really a big deal either way, but it feels a a little condescending. I still like the guy and watch his videos. They're entertaining and well made.
  2. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    Haha yes, the 'boring comment' seemed out of place with the rest of the review. I also appreciate this scheme of sending wheels around the circuit of youtubers to get different perspectives.
  3. In that example the gyro information is completely steady the entire time, but the accelerometer data (if that sensor exists in this wheel) would've started pulled down (by gravity) at the start of the video, then spike out in front of the machine when you hit the wall, then relax to its downward direction at the end. When accelerometer data is visualized on a live updating graph, it looks literally like a spring dangling from a point.
  4. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    I'd guess that most euc-relevant tires have such a small diameter that manufacturers assume no sane person would take them off-road. Are there any other markets where people use these small tires off road?
  5. Ugliest wheel award goes to Gotway with the MCM5.
  6. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    The battery indicator appears red color now instead of white. Perhaps this is to match the new red accented pedals?
  7. Anybody know if this is the motor's power wire wrapped in a metal spring for protection? It's the first shot in this video: https://youtu.be/MxeDze9YX0Q?t=1 If that's the motor power wire, having it exposed seems like it'll be prone to damage. At least it's protected by a flipped-up pedal, but it looks like it'd be constantly be knocked by the foot. Hopefully there's some extremely durable wiring being used.
  8. I completely agree here. I was due to buy a new wheel soon and would've purchased the V11 based on its non-suspension upgrades alone, over the V10f. The suspension is just a really exciting bonus. Gotway's lack of water-resistance means it's not even on the table for me. In general, Gotway makes wheels which don't align with my priorities.
  9. The app for my wheel (E+) shows the energy flow. A negative amperage value is regenerative braking and a positive amp value is the normal use of energy on flat terrain. I've noticed that when riding down hill I can usually find a "perfect" speed which results in close to zero energy usage according to the app. I was wondering if this means whether there is a higher top speed when going down hill, since very little energy might need to be used in that specific situation. Braking from those high speeds would still be a problem, as it could easily cause an overcurrent condition. Does anybody know how wheels handle this?
  10. Speeds on all electric unicycles are determined by the capability of the machine to keep you upright. Trying to hack them faster is a supremely bad idea.
  11. Is Kuji's V11 rim already dented?
  12. Currently we don't know what can be attributed to suspension vs attributed to mechanical foot lock-in (the foot cutouts or pads). S18 has cutouts which act as built-in kuji pads to hold your feet. Since Kuji was involved in development and his physical size would be the "ideal" scenario for how well those pads lock your feet into the wheel. We don't know how those cutouts fit other people's feet, and we don't yet know if pads can be attached to the V11.
  13. Most gyroscopes come packaged alongside accelerometers at very little cost compared to the individual components. It's totally possible for manufacturers to combine the angle data of the gyro with the acceleration data of the accelerometer to detect when a wheel is being leaned while being driven around a curve. This stuff isn't any more complicated than what late-generation Nintendo Wii controllers did once they had both sensors built in. The early generation wiimotes had only accelerometers, and a gyro was added later. Once you have both, the usefulness is greater than the sum of the parts.
  14. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    Anybody have a guess about whether those dual hex screws (above the pedals) could be used for attaching pads? Perhaps they're part of what attaches the saddle to the suspension, but it seems like a possible attach point if a longer screw is swapped in.
  15. This might be partially due to a review from a retailer vs a review from an enthusiast. If I owned a business selling, supporting, and repairing these devices I'm going to have a different lens when reviewing the product. A retailer is going to see this through a lens of customer interaction, training, support, maintenance etc... but an enthusiast can just evaluate it as a consumer.
  16. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    It'd be nice if there was a large grub screw near where pedals mate with the pedal holder. By default the screw could be tightened flush with the normal bracket surface and leave the pedals flat, but the screw could be partially backed-out to give the pedal more angle based on the user's preference.
  17. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    There is zero chance they're going to cut power to the wheel on an arbitrary 5 second countdown. This is a communication/translation issue.
  18. Accelerometers and Gyroscopes are commonly packaged in the same chip because they are often used together in a complimentary way. Gyroscopes give a signal which is much less "noisy", and it seems like most euc manufacturers are primarily using gyroscopes for their angle sensing. However, there could be an accelerometer inside the wheel already as one of these chip packages, and they could poll the gravity force to see if it's still strongly pointing "downward" while the gyro says it's tilting. This combination would profile someone cruising the edge of a bowl.
  19. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    This shipping converstion is a combination of boring, off-topic, and needlessly dragging a company through the mud.
  20. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    I like plan 2. Whether low power mode has a distance of 25km or 20km is not a huge deal to me - It'd be a gigantic planning failure on my part if batteries are low while I'm 25k from home.
  21. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    A lot of people seem to agree with you, but I'm not convinced of this one yet for a couple reasons. The lesser reason is that Kuji doesn't seem to be a guy who prefers to communicate through subtle hints. The greater reason is that the curb in Kuji's video is parallel to the direction of movement, and jumping up onto a curb at that angle is not the type of jump I typically see Kuji make. Most of his are perpendicular to the thing he's jumping. Note, I'm not including descents in this observation, as those are much easier to pull off in a parallel situation.
  22. We have Segway to thank for doing the lobbying necessary in the USA, state-by-state to get all the laws changed to allow EUC's. Without them, the USA would be in the same situation as some Canadian provinces, where Segway never did the legal work and our beloved devices are mostly not allowed. Maybe the costs of lobbying contributed to killing segway, but it wasn't the laws per-se. They kinda wrote the laws themselves.
  23. musk

    INMOTION V11 (2020)

    The main reason I like Inmotion is their attention to making the device safer than the other manufacturers. For hardware, they've typically shown more attention to waterproofing and the new V11 presentation highlights the increased number of mosfets and a more sophisticated battery system which can operate even if one pack has failed. They also seem to have taken lighting more seriously, for both forward and rear directions. On the software side, they've typically had a more conservative performance curve while the batteries are being drained, which I appreciate. On the human side, they've treated max wattage overpower situations AS THE BIG DEAL THEY ARE by purposely inconveniencing the rider to slow down and stop. (This might also serve the dual purpose of allowing the electronics time to cool.) We already have other manufacturers emphasizing other things. Let's acknowledge that safety is one of Inmotion's strengths, and we need at least one company prioritizing that. We don't need another Gotway.
  24. I see you type all your replies in English. Let’s be inclusive and not presumptive by making sure to post French, German, and Spanish versions of your comment. /s OP isn't excluding people and neither is your English text. You needn't be burdened to make your words as accessible as possible to others unless it brings you personal satisfaction to do so. Readers translate your words into what's relevant for them - They are real, capable people with brains. I think it's condescending to treat marginalized groups like softies you need to protect. As an example, the several gay men I know are smart enough to read the word "wife" and translate it into a relevant term without feeling personally attacked. The energy you're misreading as "pearl clutching" is pushback against your soft condescension and low expectations of a fictional victim with imaginary feelings of exclusion that you've generated in your mind. Language and word choices are subtle and powerful. Agreed. Two other things: 1. The dominant culture where I live is one that aligns with your sensibilities, and that applies to most major metro areas. Your whole 'pearl clutching', 'dominant culture', 'alternative ideas' construction is 100% off the mark. Your profiling ability is not good. 2. I don't know what you're talking about with the banning stuff. Are you suggesting a ban?
  25. If you are personally offended at this lack of inclusion, fair enough. I'd show you the respect of inclusion if I am aware of your issue. But I hate being scolded about an theoretic issue which has no known victims. It makes me want to resist, even if the notion is positive. Without context, it looks like a happy OP posted a message of gratitude about his wife and you swooped in to wokescold him. It looks like you're trying to solve an imaginary problem. At best, you're playing favorites with your marginalized groups and choosing interpersonal relationships as a way to scold, but really there are many potential ways you could scold the OP for not being inclusive enough. Perhaps the OP should also be inclusive of those amputees who cannot buy EUC's, or perhaps OP should also account for people who lack the money to buy a new EUC because they're a member of the working poor class. If we want to pick apart the myriad ways the OP could've accounted for every conceivable marginalized group, we could generate quite a list. Let's show each other respect, yes. We also don't need to trip over ourselves with self-righteous navel gazing.
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