While CES is always a joy to cover, the massive influx of everybody announcing new phones or TVs sometimes gets to the best of us. That’s why it’s a joy when somebody like Chaotic Moons Labs comes through for us with crazy new inventions like this that blows our minds.
The team took a motorized longboard and rigged it up with a Samsung Windows 8 tablet, a Kinect for Xbox 360, a phidget interface module and all terrain tires. This created the “Board of Awesomeness” that is gracing us with its presence at CES this year.
The board uses various technologies such as video and speech recognition, location and accelerometer data and other factors to follow the rider’s commands without any other aid. It can also reach speeds of up to 32 mph. The future of the school commute is here, folks. Move over, Segway, the police should be using Boards of Awesomeness now.
The Windows 8 tablet allows the user to turn the board on or off, control speed settings and visually monitor their gestures. The only movement required by the user is to raise their hands to start the motor, then push their hands forward to accelerate and pull back to decelerate.
I’m already willing to call this my tech of the show. It’s silly and will probably never enter into consumer use, but it put a smile on my face. That’s worth more than all the cameras parading as smartphones in the world.
For video and pictures of the amazing “Board of Awesomeness,” check out Chaotic Moon Labs page for it.