It was just a matter of time before the Japanese scientists combined a skateboard and a robot into a robot skateboard! Developed by the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, the robo skateboard prototoype weighs 15kg, is 30cm wide, 60cm long and 25cm tall.
This mean machine can tool you around the streets of Tokyo without you breaking a sweat. You simply lean forward or back to get it to move, and it can truck along at up to 6mph. Its speed and direction can be controlled by shifting your body weight. For example, when you put your weight on either one of your feet, the skateboard will automatically accelerate. There are load sensors on all four corners of the board, motors (and wheels) on the sides and a control computer unit in the middle.
The robo skateboard is suitable for riders weighing up to 80kg and can be used continuously for about an hour on a single charge.
The developers plan to reduce the robot’s weight and push down its price to about $1,000 before trying to mass produce them.
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