Sensors Show Figure Skaters Absorb 8x Their Own Body Weight After Jumps

The endless impossibly early mornings heading to the rink for practice aren't the only things taking a toll on figure skaters. Researchers at Brigham Young University recently designed and built an unobtrusive skate sensor that can measure the impact when a figure skater lands a jump—and it turns out they're absorbing… »2/20/14 10:20am2/20/14 10:20am

The Electric Skateboard Built to Actually Ride Like a Skateboard

Powered skateboards have been around since the early 90's, but they've always seemed to require extra components—from handheld throttles to Microsoft Kinect-based sensor arrays—that could never quite capture the feel of a conventional deck. The ZBoard, with an electric drivetrain and weight-sensor control system,… »2/22/12 1:20am2/22/12 1:20am

Electric Cruiser: Cooler Than Segway, Still No Exercise Involved

The Electric Cruiser by Mademoto provides users with all of the joys of skateboarding and in-line skating with out all of the pesky benefits of exercise. With a monstrous 250W engine under the hood, this bad boy will tug you along at a breathtaking 18 mph (probably less if you are a bit on the chunky side or a gentle… »11/05/07 4:05pm11/05/07 4:05pm