Square Skateboard Wheels Won’t Stop Rolling
SharkWheel’s helix cube-like shape is balanced in such a way to promote continuous movement on any surface.
Since the wheel was invented thousands of years ago, very little has changed. It was round and rolled back then, and it is the same now. But Shark Wheel and inventor David Patrick are looking to reinvent the wheel, at least the skateboard wheel, by turning it into a cube.
Patrick, a life-long avid skateboarder, was playing around with modular tubes and created a circular cube shape, that is a cube that lacked the traditional pointy angled corners, and was more curved in structure. When Patrick accidentally dropped the cube, he discovered that it could roll endlessly, over any terrain. This, he says, is because of the helix shape, which makes the cube more balanced. Patrick then created a prototype, which turned into Shark Wheel, the cube-shaped skateboard wheels with three lips that form a sine-wave. The combination of the cube and sine-wave design means that that wheel has a less contact with the surface, meaning less friction yet greater control due to its width. Effectively, a skateboarder can ride faster than normal, and can go out in the rain without fear of hydroplaning or slippage. Currently designed for skateboards, it would be interesting to see if this new technology could be applied to larger vehicles down the line.
The company is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to begin their first production run and have exceeded their goal more than threefold. To see Shark Wheel in action, check out the video below: