The Board of Awesomeness, Kinect-controlled skateboard featured at CES 2012, was the first part of this project also known as the “Why” part of the project, according to Whurley, resident evil genius at the computing company.
The “Wow” part is The Board of Imagination. A mind-controlled, telekinetic, brainwave-controlled board. The board uses a Emotiv EPOC headset that turns brainwaves into motion, shooting riders down the road at speeds up to 32 MPH. Makes me scared I might crash if I have a brain fart while riding it.
The Board of Imagination uses the same Samsung-built tablet as the Board of Awesomeness for the brains. However, I’m wondering if they could have designed their new board a bit better. With the Kinect-controlled board, it was necessary to have the tablet on top of the board so the rider could see the controls through the camera on the device. With their new board, it doesn’t really seem like you need a tablet computer in your way on top of your skateboard.
It’s pretty complex stuff, but I wish Chaotic Moon Labs could’ve explained how the technology works a little more in-depth for us simple people. Either way, this is a really cool start to very new developments in skateboarding technology. I especially appreciated the Tenacious D reference in their video.