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A motorized skateboard

Putting a motor on a skateboard seems so simple that "you wonder why these things aren't everywhere already," said Michael Calore at Wired. Apparently, the engineering challenge is formidable. The new Boosted Board ($1,995) is the product of several years of trial-and-error development. Twin motors spin the rear wheels, drawing juice from a lithium battery. A handheld remote controls the speed, allowing a top motor-generated velocity of 20 mph. The Boosted Board isn't as maneuverable as a standard long board, but "it sure is a blast."