Sony patents skateboard with Segway spin

Sony files a patent for a motorized skateboard controlled by riders shifting their weight.

Drawing of Sony's new skateboard NewScientist.com

A patent filing shows Sony may have its eye on building the younger, hipper version of the Segway scooter.

In November the company filed a patent for a skateboard, "which can travel in the front and back direction and which can turn by right and left wheels rotated when a rider riding on a step-board moves the position of rider's balance from the center of a vehicle base."

Like the Segway, Sony's futuristic skateboard would be steered by riders shifting their weight. The patent also says the board's electric motors would turn off automatically when the rider steps off, or, perhaps more realistically, falls off.

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