A Skateboard That Navigates By Reading Your Mind

By Meera Dolasia on February 29, 2012

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Skateboards has come a long way since their humble beginnings in the 1950's when they were nothing but handlebar-less scooters fitted with roller-skate wheels. Over the years, they have become more aerodynamic, been fitted with various kinds of wheels to make them faster and even, attached to electric batteries for more oomph. However, none of the improvements even compare to this latest creation that takes you to your destination - By reading your mind!

Aptly named Board of Imagination, the skateboard is the brainchild of Austin-based mobile app-making company, Chaotic Moon. The inventors began with a skateboard fitted with an 800-watt electric motor, powered by 36-volt battery. They then attached a Samsung Connect Tablet computer to the front of the longboard.

To take the hi-tech board for a spin, the rider first dons a wireless Emotive EPOC headset - the kind that reads brain signals and then, thinks about where he/she wants to head. These thoughts get transmitted to the Samsung Connect via a USB connector that is fitted into the electronic headset. The computer in turn, sends the signal to the underlying electric motor, and off goes the skateboard.

All the user has to do to ride the all-terrain board, is learn how to balance and make sure that his/her mind is focused on the destination - For if the thoughts start to wander, the skateboard will come to a screeching halt! To control the speed of the board, which can travel up to 30mph or stop, the rider simply has to think it and the board will obey the command, almost instantly.

While the 'Board of Imagination' may take some getting used to, the inventors say it actually gets real easy after some practice - That's because the headset gets trained on how the rider thinks and helps create a custom profile that can be loaded on the tablet. Since no two brains think exactly the same way, it does mean that the board is not ideal for sharing with buddies but, given how cool it is, we doubt that thought even crosses anyone's mind. 

The only thing that is a little annoying is that Chaotic Moon is not in the business of making skateboards and therefore, has no plans to bring this to market. They will however release the exact details of how they went about it, so that people can assemble their own 'Board of Imagination' - So if you are feeling a little enterprising, be sure to keep your eyes out for the details.

Resources: Gizmag.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • coolorlosermanTuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:36 am
    i have five
    • evileman12345wsTuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:36 am
      i have one to and it is cool riding it
      • awsomeness12345Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 8:35 am
        i have one
        • kyrie jr Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:43 am
          no smart balance is better or if you call it a hoverboard
          • CoolFriday, October 9, 2015 at 8:40 am
            I want one
            • besc5
              besc5Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:33 am
              I think this could be used to help people that have trouble walking. They could make it into wheelchairs so if you also have a problem with your hands it could help. People could also put it into other stuff in the future to help even more. It would help. it would be a big help. this is why I think this would helpful.
              • japi5
                japi5Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:32 am
                I made a text-to-world connection. People who have a leg disability or can't walk can use a wheelchair with this mind reading technology can get around easily. It could also help people with a hand disability. It could help them by, if they can't drive, by driving. And that is the connection I made.
                • dalo5
                  dalo5Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:28 am
                  I can make a text-to-world connection. This technology could be used in the medical field. If Chaotic Moon applied their technology to electric wheel chairs they could use the headset and attach it to the head of the wheel chair. This way paralyzed or older person could use their wheelchairs with ease. That make the lives of those people much easier, and not having to worry about moving because they would not have to struggle moving the wheels all the time.
                  • emto5
                    emto5Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:26 am
                    I made text-to-self and text-to-world connections. My text-to-self connection was I have always wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard, so this would be a way for me to ride one. My text-to-world connection was how this new kind of technology could benifit tons of people. It could inspire people to invent new things, that could change the world. Future technology, like hoverboards, could be made, or things to help disabled people.
                    • grme5
                      grme5Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:23 am
                      This could help my cousin, he always runs into walls trying to skateboard. It connects to my life, because one of my friends broke his arm, and tumbled down a hill. It could help people to learn to ride a skateboard. It connects to something I read, about a medical tool that senses pain.

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