In a surprising reveal Toyota has unveiled a concept skateboard prototype which is equipped with a Microsoft Kinect motion sensing camera and a Windows 8 tablet.
The new concept has been created by Toyota to demonstrate the technology that the car manufacturer may possibly be integrating into its vehicles in the future.
Using the Kinect camera and Windows 8 tablet riders can control the speed of the skateboard by the motor using just hand gestures ,and movements in front of the Kinect motion sensor.
“You’re moving your hand, and you’re controlling the motor,” says Jason Schulz, Toyota Motor Sales strategic partnerships manager. “We’re taking it out of the virtual and making it real. That’s pretty fantastic.”
Toyota is also experimenting with Microsoft’s skeletal tracking technology, which will enable Toyota to accurately track the position of people, and their movements whilst in their vehicles.
As more information and technology emerges from the Microsoft and Toyota partnership which was first announced last year, we will keep you updated as always. For more information jump over to the Toyota website. If you enjoyed this article you might also be interested in the newly created Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboard which took to Kickstarter to make the jump from concept to production.