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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  • i_wonder_4/8/2014
    can u do tricks on it like 360 or ollie
    • Cool4/3/2014
      Agree with Gabriel
      • Cool4/3/2014
        Agree with elela
        • Cool4/3/2014
          Not as cool as this one alexandra.
          • Cool4/3/2014
            That is so cool I want one. Although I have concerns about electrodes of energy going through your brain.
            • olover858
              olover8584/1/2014
              awsome
              • suppajay10623/30/2014
                what a cool skateboard
                • Shrimp1/25/2014
                  This is very interesting!
                  • hi1/21/2014
                    nice
                    • Gabriel12/3/2013
                      that is so cool! but i don't get how you steer it. i mean do you think of where you want to go. like for example do i think of home or left or right. still what happens when i think of something else like a math test or something. does it stop or keeps going until you hit a bush? still the future is today and this is gonna advance. just wait until it can fly!

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