Charles Guan, recent MIT grad, is certainly a certifiable tinkerer. Where I see a skateboard and a snowblower engine he sees a portable off-road skateboard. Completely DIY, it got noticed at the World Maker Faire New York on Saturday.
The idea behind the Vertrax concept skateboard is the ability to cruise over a variety of non-paved surfaces with thick treads. Does it look cool? Sure! Would it work? We'll never know! But it is a neat piece of design.