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VW's Gesture Controls, Drones And Riding An Electric Skateboard

We head to CES 2015 to check out the latest gadgets and transport tech, including drones, Volkswagen's new gesture controls and an electric skateboard.

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Know what today is? It's two years from the time when Jaws 19 is supposed to hit cinema screens around the country. If that doesn't happen (and, looking at IMDB, we're not that hopeful), at least we can ride a hoverboard, the way that Marty McFly does in the classic sequel.

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There is nothing new about an electric skateboard (you can pick one up today at Sears or Toys 'R' Us), but the founders of ZBoard have come up with an innovative way to make electric mobility safe and easy. The ZBoard uses intuitively placed weight-sensing pads to control acceleration and braking, and Translogic recently had the chance to check one out.

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Electric mobility isn't just about electric cars. Bikes, trains and busses are getting the battery and motor combo. But the latest addition to electrified transportation comes from Hermosa Beach, California in the form of an electrified skateboard. Intuitive Motion Inc. has a unique story that reflects a changing approach among inventors and innovators.

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Here's a question to ponder: If it can outrun a C5 Chevrolet Corvette off the line, can we even call it a skateboard anymore?

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