Young Inventor Success Story; Learn How Quirky Helped a Fourteen Year Old Inventor Launch his Product

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Michael was riding an electric skateboard for the first time and he thought it was a great idea but the hand held remote function caused the skateboard to jerk when speeding up or slowing down. He wanted to make it possible to control speed levels and cruise control with just his foot.
Thus Cruze was born. It brings a new take on electric skateboards using a foot-controlled sensor and allows smooth and remote-less riding for those who want to have a good time without exhausting themselves. It smoothly transitions through different speed modes to keep you comfortable while cruising. Ride to work or simply for fun on this Hover-1 Cruze electric skateboard. The Cruze’s patent pending design highlights a unique foot sensor to engage the motor instead of the typical remote controlled skateboards. With a charge time of 2 hours, this Hover-1 Cruze electric skateboard rides at up to 11 MPH for up to 9 miles.
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hi everyone this is carmine disco I am
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doing our podcast today right from
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quirky headquarters in Manhattan I have
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with me a guest on the show who is an
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inventor he is a young inventor which is
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awesome he is Michael wobba yes the
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inventor of the Cruz skateboard guys and
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this thing is hitting the stores
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sometimes seem like when's this gonna be
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on a store I don't know yet but it's
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already online
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oh so it's for sale right yeah I mean
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this thing is awesome when people are
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riding it around and quirked these
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office we came in the office today and
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people were zooming by and it's that an
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electric skateboard it's one of those
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things that you can use it regularly
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right but even if it said so I mean one
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day using escape are you like man I'm
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too tired I got to get an electric
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skateboard how did you come up with this
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thing so one day I was few Electric
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skateboards I was thinking of selling
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out putting those doors and he told me
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to test some of them and like each I my
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user remote it was like keep on jolting
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me like go forward faster and like
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slower so I thought how could I ditch
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sermo and just have it seamlessly and
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just glide into it like more naturally
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yeah because again I remember we were
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talking a little bit earlier on the show
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before we started the show about doesn't
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have a remote yeah because yeah if you
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have like a very steady hand then with
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the remote then you'll be fine it's so
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the sensors I mean are you able I mean I
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know you got IP on this are you able to
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talk about how you came up with the
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sensors and how they work yes so where
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the red dots are that's where the sensor
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is and that's under it you'll see small
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little bump so you oh that's right you
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can feel it on the board okay cool
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did you think of that but that's what
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had to happen to the board uh
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you kick off once and you get like a
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small like cruise control of like 2
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miles an hour or whatever you pick your
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heel up and you put it back down on the
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sensor head and it brings you to the
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next level of speed if you and there's
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more more and more speeds that you could
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take and you're okay
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it's like eases you into the next beat
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okay so that's what you got to do you
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got to kind of start off yeah regularly
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like a regular skateboard yeah I'm gonna
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try to take this I'm gonna take one with
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me and I go to the airport today man
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they're gonna be secure he's gonna be
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chasing me all over so anyway so so
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after you got this made I mean how many
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prototypes are how long did it take you
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to get this thing going so I told my and
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one day he went to China he usually goes
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to China
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so he went those factories he's like can
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you try to make this happen
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my son like you put like a little bit of
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Simon to it and like four months later
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he's like the board's starting to come
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together
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I was like oh yeah the board because
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like it was a while since I talked to
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him about it and there were like the
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first the first model was like good but
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then like the factories came into a few
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technical difficulties and we got in
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touch with you guys and you with Korky
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and it got fixed a lot better huh okay
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so you kind of brought the idea far
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enough got to go and finished it up yeah
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what's good it's good you know you need
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a team to build stuff first of all I got
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to give congratulations to your parents
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I mean they get your idea your product
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and making it I mean that's awesome I
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mean I I think that's great being able
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to especially your product like this is
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it not you know an ashtray this is an
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electronic skateboard at moving
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so you know it's not it's not a cheap
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thing to prototype so yeah I think it's
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cool I really do and when does it seem
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Bini in the storage you're not sure
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because I need you get what at Best Buy
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of comm I don't think you're gonna be
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before the holidays yeah gotta make the
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holidays man you got to do it well
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listen I appreciate you being on the
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show today I really do and you know I
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want everyone all of our listeners out
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there to anyone that's looking at get
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one of these products yeah this is
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awesome I congratulate you for doing
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that and for reaching out to quirky you
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know a lot of people they always want to
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try to do it themselves they want to
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tell people about their ideas they're
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fearful
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and reaching out to somebody to help it
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just shows that you know you really need
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help getting a product over the yeah
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before I do that I mean how was the
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feeling when you said hey we're gonna
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make your product I mean like Electric
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skateboards they usually have to go a
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lot of through a lot of pests I was the
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one who tested the skateboard see like
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what oh no you can't you can't be
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testing it too I mean somebody's got a
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test that that's not mostly attack yeah
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not it wasn't just me but like I had the
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first feeling with the board like that
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you don't get that jolt when you stop
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you get like thrown back so yeah I
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tested most of the boards and other
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people came into the office and they
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wrote around and they like there a lot
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wow that's great I mean now you're doing
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testing I mean where did where did you
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come up with this I mean did something
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you want to do for a living make
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products um as a kid like I always loved
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Legos I always loved like building
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things and this like and I always
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skateboard around like me and my friends
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we skateboard I used to skateboard
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school and now I just thought of the
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idea that it would be a lot easier not
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just for me but for all skateboarders
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like a lot of people like getting to
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places faster but like they don't even
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have to get that far so you could use an
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electric skateboard it's best it goes
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11.2 why
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an hour and you have 9.3 miles
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I think pretty sure you have 9.3 miles
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of distance born salesman I didn't even
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ask him this question that's crazy
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now listen your friends all sent me
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notes to ask you they want these
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keyboards for Christmas they just told
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me they tell me hey make sure Michael
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gets us these skateboards they just
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asked me to ask you that but anyway so
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listen man again I I keep going I'm
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gonna hang up to her and I keep thinking
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another question to ask you about the
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product itself did you have any same
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kind of design in the box and how is
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ship like has all the tech specs like
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has the speed as like how it works
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braking the best thing about it I liked
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is that it showed it showed most of the
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features and has a lot of other things
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yeah no it's good I mean it's what I
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liked about the Box when I saw it I mean
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I liked that it's not all cluttered with
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wording it tells exactly what the
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product does it's clean
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yeah I think I think you did a great job
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my friend I really do and I think it's
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gonna be a hit thanks for being on the
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show today Mike thank you very much my
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friend take care everyone is Carmen
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disco I'm signing off here from
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Manhattan at quickies headquarters catch
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us next time on inventors launchpad
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Network take care