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CES 2012: Kinect-controlled motorized skateboard

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CES 2012: Kinect-controlled motorized skateboard

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Molly Wood takes a ride on Chaotic Moon Labs' Board of Awesomeness, and it is indeed awesome, until the boss pulls the plug.

Speaker 1: Hey everybody. Molly Wood from CNET here. I'm here with (Whirly?) from Chaotic Moon Studios who is here with... Okay, I'm just gonna say it, the coolest device I have seen so far at CES. Can you tell us what is about to be the death of me here... Speaker 2: Sure, what we're gonna do is we're gonna put you on Chaotic Moon Lab's Board of Awesomeness. It's a electronic skateboard. It's a 36 volt motor. It's 800 watts system. It goes 32 miles an hour top speed and it's all controlled with a Samsung Windows 8 tablet using Microsoft Kinect. So you're gonna use your gestures. What we're gonna have you do today is use a gesture like a throttle and we're gonna have you drive right across this little section of the showroom floor. Speaker 1: And that's the part where I die. All right so what... Speaker 2: But you're not gonna die. Speaker 1: I don't plan to die. I'm a very good skateboarder or I least I was 15 years ago. What is the... what's this product for? What are you hoping to accomplish... Speaker 2: So we were with Chaotic Moon Labs which is a division of Chaotic Moon Studios and what we do is we do 3 types of computing, predictive, pervasive and perceptive and we do a why and a wow. So this is our why project for some technology we've been developing. It gets everybody's attention. It has them going like why would you build that? That's weird and then in a few weeks we'll release the wow product which is where everybody would be like... oh that's why you build that. Speaker 1: And you're clearly not gonna tell us what the wow product is. Speaker 2: Not on camera but after I'll be happy to tell you about that. Speaker 1: All right so we'll keep an eye out for that. In the meantime we're gonna try this out. Although you said you do have plans to sort of open... right? Speaker 2: We are. We're gonna open... Everything, there's no connect (tacking?) involved. Everything is in the standard (SDK?), everything is just stock. So we're gonna open source the software and the plans so that anybody who wants to build their own, can build their own. Speaker 1: And then they can die. I'm kidding. They're not gonna die. All right. Let's give it a try. I'm excited. Let's go. Let's go. Speaker 2: Let's do it. Speaker 1: This little plate here the dead woman switch is the connector that's gonna power up the board, the white box that you can see on the screen there, that's actually the Kinect sensor so if you've played Kinect before you can see your hand goes into that space and that means you're about to make that it happen. All right. Are you ready? Should we give it a try? Heaven help me. Okay so I'm putting my hand here, my foot right here, okay... I'm a genius. Speaker 2: You are a genius. Speaker 1: Okay I love this. I need to have it... and our producers tells I have to get down. Thank you. All right. That's it. It is the Magic Skateboard of Awesome... Speaker 2: Skateboard of Awesomeness. Speaker 1: The board of awesomeness. I can't... I can't dispute that at all (Whirly?). Thanks a lot. Speaker 2: No problem. Speaker 1: That was basically the highlight of the show. Speaker 2: Awesome. Thank you. Speaker 1: Good luck. We look forward to seeing the wow product. For CNET.com, still alive, I'm Molly Wood.

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