We showed it to you a few days ago, and now we finally got to ride Chaotic Moon’s Board of Awesomeness. For those who missed it the first time around, it’s an electric skateboard rigged up with a 36 volt battery and an 800 watt motor capable of hurtling you down the road at up to 32mph. It’s controlled by a Kinect sensor bar and one of Samsung’s Windows 8 developers tablets strapped to the deck. Interestingly enough, Chaotic Moon built the thing with little hackery — the only hardware mod was made to connect the Kinect’s power cord to the battery. You control the throttle by pushing your hand closer or further away from the Kinect, which is made possible using the sensor bar’s Beta 2 SDK. A pressure switch is on the deck to kill the motor should you fall off, which is nice since the thing has no brakes — it stops via the motor’s natural drag. Kinect controls were also initially used for steering, but folks found it to be counter-intuitive, so now it turns like any other skateboard.
Gallery: Board of Awesomeness hands-on
As you can see from the video above, our skateboarding skills aren’t quite on par with Tony Hawk, but that 800 watt motor puts out a ton of torque, so starting it up took some getting used to. The control system is easy and intuitive to use and is like pushing an invisible gas pedal with your hand, though since we were riding it in a parking lot here at CES, we got nowhere near its 32mph top speed. However, we eventually got the hang of riding it at lower speeds, and would love to spend a few days learning how to properly ride it and really see what it can do. The best part? This is only version one of the Board of Awesomeness, and the company plans to create a faster one in the future — we’ll be practicing our riding skills in the meantime to get ready. We hope you enjoyed watching us get awesome, but if you want to see someone who can shred asphalt on the Board of Awesomeness, hit the video after the break.
Engadget rides the Board of Awesomeness, results are… awesome (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:49:00 EST.