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DETACHABLE TRACKED UNIT FOR POWERING SNOWBOARDS

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It is a "DETACHABLE TRACKED UNIT FOR POWERING SNOWBOARDS".
Such an invention solves a particular technical problem, i.e. to give powered mobility to a snowboard minimizing the need for its modification
The device is environment friendly, being powered by an electrical motor (even if the patent covers also internal combustion engine or turbine-operated power units).
It can be easily fabricated with components offered by the market at an affordable price and limited in weight.

On case of mass production the usage of more weight-efficient materials like kevlar and Alluminium alloys can lead to a further weight reduction.

The patent was issued by the Italian Patent Office for all the Italian territory (Brevetto Nazionale dall'Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi). The project was elaborated in collaboration with ing. prof. Marco Sasso, teacher of University of Marche. and his team.
Later the patent was extended to other states through the protocols of the Patent Cooperation Treaty.

NOW THIS PATENT IS REGISTRED AND PROTECTED IN ALL USA (FIFTHY STATES) STARTING TO 26/2/19 UNDER THE NUMBER 10.213.638.

I also received the Research Report for International Patent Application under the title "Detachable tracked unit for powering snowboards" (application n. PCT/IB2015/059568).
The three fundamental pre-requisites for a patent are evaluated in this research:
-Novelty
-Invention
-INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION (or industrialization)
The examiners of the European Patent Office HAVE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION ALL THE TEN CLAIMS OF THE PATENT APPLICATION RELEVANT TO SUCH PRE-REQUISITES.
In addition the brand "LAZY RIDER" was copyrighted, jointly with the logo elaborated in collaboration with Prof. Fabrizio Pasini, faculty at the International Comics Academy.
The above mentioned unit is identified by this logo.

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SCOPE

The patent is relevant to a device whose scope is to serve as a powering unit to be mounted on a standard snowboard, that, so equipped, will be capable of driving uphill. The device can be removed from the snowboard that, being un-modified, can still be used as a standard un-powered snowboard.
Said aim was achieved hosting the engine or motor in a central power box, mounted on two sliding mounting plates. The latter have holes that can match the standard holes normally present on any snowboard for the bolting of the foot rests.
The sliding of the mounting plates allows their adapting to the position of the holes for the foot rests, whatever their reciprocal distance be; then the plates can be bolted with common means to the snowboard, joining board and plates togheter; then the sliding of the plates with the power box is blocked so that the latter is fixed in position.
Surprisingly, with respect to known realizations, the device here presented DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY MODIFICATION TO THE SNOWBOARD;
Therefore it can be mounted on the snowboard when required, and than dismounted with no loss of functionality of the snowboard in the un-powered mode.
In addition the patent here presented had the aim to power a snowboard with the capacity to autonomously steer the board.
The latter scope is achieved by the usage of two tracks, each one on one side of the snowboard, each one connected to a power link on each side of the power box.
The tracks are cantilever with the power unit, on both sides, so that they do not touch the board;
Each track is independently driven so that the speed of each track can be regulated independently.
Therefore the board can steer in restricted spaces, with a very limited coasting radius.
Another scope of the invention here described is to give the snowboarder a power unit that can be easily controlled.
This result is obtained thanks to a remote control device.
A very simple and cheap form of control can be a joystick connected via cable to the power unit.
Other forms of control are also possible, even in wireless mode.
This and other scopes are achieved by means of the device here and further described.

TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION

The device is equipped with a power unit contained in a central power box, with two sliding lower plates, each one with holes that can match, at least in part, the holes which are provided on any standard snowboard to bolt the foot rests.
A power connector is provided on each side of the power box: each track has a corresponding power axle that can be locked in one of said connectors.
The power axle of each track, to be locked into the corresponding socket in the power connector, is shake in order that torque can be transmitted in both rotation directions; the possibly simplest form of locking is the one based on commercial channelled profiles for a male/female joint.
A more complex scheme can foresee joining surfaces that can be locked and unlocked via a moderate pull or push, in order to allow the assembling and disassembling on the tracks on the power box and the transport of the entire device.
For example the joining surfaces can be constitued by circumferential grooves where spring-operated keys in the power connectors can lock.
Another scheme can also be applied, in order to reduce the volume occupied by the device when not in use.
In the letter the tracks can be rotated around axes parallel to the snowboard longitudinal axis, so that can be folded, for example up.
The power can have different origins: the mainstream development line here is based on an electric motor, but the patent covers also the cases o fan internal combustion or turbine engine powered unit.
The power unit is hold in the central box where the motion is transmitted independently to each one of the power connectors, that in their turn will transmit it to the tracks.
A remote control can operate each track independently, so that the snowboard can coast or even rotate in place.
A simplified scheme was also described in the Patent, considered an entry level of the entire device, for its simplicity and cheapness, applicable to standard snowboards where the distance between the foot rests is always the same.
In this model the central box is mounted on one connecting plate only, protruding before and after the box, and having holes that match the corresponding holes on the snowboard which are used to bolt the foot rests.
New comunication: if you made a working prototype on the basis of my patent, you can contact me: I would like to compare it with my one in order to present the best one to the companies involved in the purchase. If your prototype will be of interest to me I could offer you the partecipation in the royalties of the sale or the concession in use.
Sincerely
The inventor


















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