Sony Patents Skateboard

Sony has filed a patent application that reveals that the electronics giant hopes to produce a skateboard like product that is motor powered and balance steered.

Sony?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s board would have two large wheels, each powered by a separate electric motor with one at either side of a flat platform. Sony’s futuristic skateboard would be steered by riders shifting their weight similar to operating a Segway.

The board?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s platform has four pressure sensors with one at each corner. When the rider stands upright in the middle of the board, all four sensors return the same reading and both motors are idle. When the rider leans forward slightly the front sensors start both motors running forward at the same speed; leaning to one side makes one wheel run faster to steer round a corner; leaning back runs the board backwards.

The board can be modified with three or four wheels for more stability.

Reference for posting: http://www.newscientist.com

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