So, the ‘smarter than you’ guys at Chaotic Moon Labs have whipped up yet another awesome motorized board. In the spirit of their previous Board of Awesomeness, a motorized skateboard that you controled using gestures, they have created the Board of Imagination. The kicker? This new board is completely controlled with your mind. As in you imagine moving to some point and then you just do. You really have to see it to believe it.
So what is this black magic you say? Well, put down the torches there, Torquemada. The board is using a Samsung Windows tablet running the Windows 8 Developer Preview and is linked wirelessly to an Emotiv EPOC headset. The headset, if you aren’t familiar, converts brain waves into machine-useable information. It’s essentially a low-grade electroencephalograph (EEG). The headset sends an approximation of your brain waves to the tablet where the companion software makes sense of them. presumably from here CML has some in-house software that takes that processed data and uses it to control the motors in the board. What you get in the end is a motorized skateboard that will take you somewhere with a mere thought!
This is very much in the prototype stage and there is no telling whether this would ever actually become a product. Lucky for the more enterprising of us out there, CML plans to open source the code to their end of the chain and hopefully that also means releasing a Bill of Materials for the board. If this is the case, then I can assure you I will be building one myself!
For a more in-depth explanation of the board and to just see some really neat stuff take a look at the video below.
What do you think about the board? If CML made this a real product would you buy it? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
(via The Verge)