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The "Board Of Awesomeness" Is A Kinect-Controlled Skateboard

Speed up and slow down a longboard using only your hand gestures.
January 19, 2012, 5:00pm

Chaotic Moon Labs' Board of Awesomeness from Chaotic Moon Studios on Vimeo.

Appropriately named the Board of Awesomeness, this motorized longboard from Chaotic Moon Labs can reach over 50 km/h (about 30 mph)—a fair speed for someone standing on top of a board with nothing to cling on to. And that’s not even this skateboard's most impressive attribute. As you can see from the video above, it comes with some unusual accessories that take skating to new tech-enabled heights.

Yet another impressive example of people getting creative with a hacked Kinect, which we’ve been seeing more and more of over the past year. In this case, a gesture-based interface is used to control the longboard's speed—by putting the hands closer or further away from the gadget, which is connected to a Samsung Windows 8 tablet that works as the brains behind the engine—the skater is able to speed up or slow down.

We’ve got to hand it to the folks at Chaotic Moon, this is a way better application of the Kinect’s technology than controlling some 3D avatars in video games.