One of the most fun Kinect hacks we've seen in a while gives the idea of motion capture a whole new meaning. Behold the Board of Awesomeness, an all-terrain motorized longboard wired to a Kinect and a Samsung tablet running Windows 8. To roll ahead, the rider simply pushes his hand forward.
The system uses video and speech recognition, accelerometer and location data, and other factors to determine a rider's next move. The Kinect transmits the rider's movements to a voice-control-equipped Windows 8 tablet, which serves as the control center. The touchscreen turns the board on and off, manages speed settings (the motor has a top speed of 32 MPH) and visually monitors hand gestures, according to the brains at Chaotic Moon Labs, which designed the board.
It's driven by an 800-watt electric motor, powered by a 36-volt power pack. A 12-volt battery powers the computers.
To get going, raise your hand and wait for the red dots from the Kinect. To go forward, push your hands forward; to slow down or stop, bring your hand back. Check it out in a video below. For more information on the board and a photo gallery of the build, head over to Chaotic Moon.
This is the greatest kinect-hack that involves a skateboard ever.
Okay, cool-factor is pretty high. However, smart factor is low, and I see serious injury in that guy's future - not street legal, and it's bad enough how drivers treat bicyclists and motorcyclists...
is it just me or does anyone else thing they should partner with segway?
this is pretty cool and I would love one but how does it do uphill? Does it go in reverse? how heavy is it? whats the best way to make this more energy efficient? How far can it go? and back to the uphill thing for a second even if it could totally pull you uphill without a problem it can't be comfortable on your ankles. how about using the accelerometer on the tablet to rotate two foot platforms to compensate for the slope your riding on? why not just design it so that your foot pressure controls the forward back and steering? it would be way more intuitive and less clunky without that kinect and that tablet. Those are my engineering thoughts at least. But this is still rad as hell and i really want one.
A micro version of the "Powerful Mach 5"
Speed Racer will be so jealous!
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
I agree with beefymclovin about the segway thing, since it would probably be easier and safer if you can control this by leaning and adjusting your weight to the direction you want to go. Kinect-type motion detection/interpretation just isn't that reliable to depend your life on it.
Shut up and take my money.