Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/11/kinect_controlled_skateboard/

Kinect plus tablet control insane skateboard

A BEHEMOTH for the 21st century

By Richard Chirgwin

Posted in Bootnotes, 11th January 2012 00:01 GMT

What do you get when you combine a Kinect, a Samsung tablet and an electric skateboard? Well: it’s really cool, even if the rider looks a bit silly.

In this video, Choatic Moon Labs demonstrates its groovy toy, the “Board of Awesomeness”:

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

Once the Kinect is active and responding to the rider, it turns gestures – push hands forward to speed up, pull them back to decelerate – into commands passed to the tablet to control the board.

The point, the developers say, is to use the Kinect to “operate something other than a gaming avatar”.

One for the history buffs: Steve Taylor's Behemoth.

Just think: twenty years ago you could put together something like the BEHEMOTH (Big Electronic Human-Energised Machine, Only Too Heavy) and you had to power it yourself. ®