Stair-Rover skateboard by Po-Chih Lai update

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai update

We spotted this stair-negotiating skateboard at ShowRCA 2012 and the accompanying movie became one of our most watched. One year on, its designer Po-Chih Lai has made a new film, updated the design and launched it on Kickstarter (+ movie).

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

The Stair-Rover features an eight-wheel mechanism that allows it to ride up curbs and descend flights of steps.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Po-Chih Lai's original model featured a maple deck, customised aluminium trucks, and flexible V-frames that connected over the ends of the board.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Since the initial design, the frames have been shifted beneath the board and connected by a plastic chassis to allow a full longboard deck to sit on top.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Lai has also created an upgraded Pro version that sports a fibreglass deck and black components.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

This new movie shows longboarders navigating urban obstacles around London, at locations including the Emirates Stadium, the Royal Albert Hall and the Millenium Bridge.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Lai designed the prototype for the board while studying at the Royal College of Art and we first published the project last year as part of our 2012 graduate show coverage.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

He recently launched the design on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter so backers can pre-order their own board, and the project is around halfway toward it's £50,000 target.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

If the product makes it into production, both the Stair-Rover and Stair-Rover Pro will be available.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

We've featured a few skate parks on Dezeen in the past, including one that covers every surface inside and out of a Californian house and another in a former peanut factory in Calais.

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Stair-Rover launches innovative longboard - creators target £50,000 investment

The creators of Stair-Rover have launched a Kickstarter project that hopes to raise the £50,000 investment needed to manufacture the first run of boards. The longboard features a distinctive eight-wheeled design with a unique mechanism that allows it to scuttle crab-like down flights of stairs.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Beginning life as inventor PoChih Lai’s final year project at the Royal College of Art, the Stair-Rover has evolved through no fewer than fourteen different prototypes and is now ready for manufacture. The Stair-Rover team hope that the new sport will combine aspects of longboarding and surfing, and prompt riders to look at their cities in a new way.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

The Kickstarter project offers rewards to backer for investments of £8 - £600, including branded stickers and clothing and limited edition Stair-Rovers. Both the standard Stair-Rover and the upgraded Stair-Rover Pro are available via the Kickstarter project. The Kickstarter campaign will run until 31st July 2013.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

"Stair-Rover really isn’t like anything we’ve seen before," says PoChih Lai. "It’s about daring people to explore their cities in a brand new way. Stair-Rover is very distinctive looking, but people that have tried it tell us it feels natural – on flat ground, it performs a lot like a conventional longboard. The real difference is the amount of freedom you have on the Stair-Rover. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what our community of riders can do with that freedom."

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

Stair-Rover has attracted the attention of skateboarders and longboarders alike, as well as that of design-aware individuals and publications. Stair-Rover videos have attracted over 500,000 views online and received coverage from CNET, Fast Company and the Huffington Post among others. Renowned TV shows like The Gadget Show, Discovery Daily Planet and Manoto 1 have also featured the Stair-Rover’s evolution.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

The Stair-Rover Kickstarter project will only be funded if at least £50,000 is invested by 31st July, 2013. Please support the project at Kickstarter.

Stair-Rover by Po-Chih Lai

To find out more about Stair-Rover, or to see videos of it in action, please visit www.stair-rover.com.