"Car Key" mod (possible idea, open to feedback)
So, I've run into a small issue since owning the onewheel.
A couple of my friends are pretty into riding my onewheel, and often ask to try balancing on it. One of them is a old friend of mine I've known since elementary/primary school, and the other is a younger kid in my college. He's 16 (almost 17 i think), is from Nigeria and is a smart kid.
I like having people having an interest in my Onewheel. The problem is when people start doing stuff or riding it when you tell them no. The first incident is when the kid from Nigeria walked up to me with his fired sto come say hi while I was riding around. I had my board next to me and was busy talking with my friend's friends when thr Nigeria kid jumps on my onewele and starts to ride off. I yell at him and tell him to stop and get off. He ignores me and continued to ride around, before nosediving. He comes back with the board, and I tell him not to do it again.
A week later, while I'm inside a classroom trying to study, he figures out how to turn it on and starts riding it around. Thankfully, I'm a fast runner and I was able to run up and hit the power button before he could do some serious damage or worse. He goes "wtf" and I simply tell him not to do it again. The look on his face told me that he didn't get the message. It never happened with him again after that, but my old friend this past week tried riding my onewheel while we were in my dorm buildings lobby, and I told her no. She ends up jumping on and knocked some furniture around. I tell her that it isn't a good idea to do it again inside, and she should wait to do it outside. I leave the board alone, and a few minutes later I hear the motor come on and I hear her giggling.
"Why the story, Loaffette?", you might ask?
Well, I've got a problem now. There is a possibility of people riding off with or using my onewheel without my permission. I don't want to be held liable for any damages or harm because someone decided to ignore my warnings.
How do we fix this?
I have two solutions.
The first solution is a sort of cover that goes over the power button and is held on by either screws or a lock of some kind. The cover will prevent the power button from being activated and the boar during turned on. Its a small barrier from unwanted activation, but if I forget to leave the board on and I have the cover on, then its useless.
The second solution is an enforceable, yet dangerous one. Imagine if you will, you have a secondary power button for the onewheel. Wireless, operated by a keyfob or a bluetooth signal. You have to press the button into the on position and toggle the keyfob to turn the board on. I think this is a better solution as it's a great way to stop people from stealing the board or riding it without my permission.
The issue is nosedives. Say someone trues to ride off with my board and I hit they keyfob. Thr board shuts off, and then they nosedive, and then get injured.
Well, now I'm in serious trouble. I caused the injury of a person who was trying to steal my belongings. Call me crazy but I'm not willing to fight the police, legal system or my college on that unless if its absolutely nessicary.
You might say that "Well, you can seriously say no, or just raise your voice a bit if they try to get your point across."
I can, but for some people, they ignore that. Something I learned in high school and working in thr food industry is that people, especially younger people or people with little respect for others property tend to not "hear" the word no. I've had experiences with customers doing something I told them not to do about a second after I said so, or someone continuing to do something when I told them to stop.
This is something I feel like I need to make out of necessity. I apologize if this is a more moody or unhappy post than what I usually post, but this is something I really think about daily and I've been trying to solve.
I'm open to feedback or alternative solutions, I just hope people at least understand where I'm coming from.
@loaffette how about just a simple bicycle lock/chain/padlock ?
Too easy ? Or a nuisance to have to carry around ?
Too heavy and I'm talking about when I step off to talk to someone or if someone asks to ride it/try it out.
Think of it like you own a car dealership and someone asks to test drive a car, but they start the car and drive off before you can even open the passenger side door.
A bike lock won't do you good if the board is out of reach, unless you can throw a chain pretty far and with good accuracy.
@loaffette maybe you need VESC with the remote control…
Then you can gradually lower the nose and reduce them to a stop or something…. ?
@puzz360 Added bonus to that suggestion is you can pretend it ran out of battery and avoid any potential fallout from them wanting to ride more.
@loaffette -- "Attractive nuisance" comes to mind. When taking a break talking to friends keep a hand or foot on the Onewheel -- standing it on end the reach is almost right. Get a signed release protecting you from liability from those most likely to want to ride. And tell them, if they want to ride so bad, to get their own Onewheel!
@loaffette -- A tether to you, like one of those retractable dog leashes, could discourage free-riders from taking your XR for an unauthorized spin.
@loaffette ppl are gonna walk all over you. already do imo. id lock my board down, then learn some judo.
imo anyone keen on ignoring your while they ride your shit that isnt a close friend is untrustworthy.
I'm with @S-Leon in that I always keep my board in my possession, never leave it just sitting there on the ground, especially if it's turned on. So easy to just hold it upright while standing there. If it's a longer time, it's turned off and either under my foot if standing or under my chair or booth if sitting.
I also refuse to let anyone try it without a helmet of their own. Not lending my helmet. Anyone 16 or under needs verbal permission from a parent, who I will discuss the dangers of riding with and, again, will need a helmet.
I'm also not afraid to refuse a ride to anyone for any reason . . . just like the signs in the restaurant where they can refuse service to anyone. No tech required for these solutions. :D
Well, I'm more awake now (And cold, I'll post pictures later)
I'll try what S.Leon and OneDanGT mentioned first really. I don't like getting into confrontations or stirring the pot (or at least scared of doing so). Next time I'm on a ride, I'll give the suggestions a try.
@loaffette The Owie chip has a "lock " feature, I never enabled that feature in my boards that have an Owie chip as I'm bad at remembering passwords.