Japanese robotic skateboard combines two awesome things

Skateboards are awesome. Robots, equally awesome. So it's surprising that it took so long for the great country of Japan to combine the two into an epic robo-skateboard.

It looks to be a bit too heavy to take to the half-pipe, but this bad boy can tool you around the streets without you breaking a sweat. You simply lean forward or back to get it to move, and it can truck along at up to 6mph. Lightning fast!

The makers are hoping to get the price down to about $1,000 by the time it's released in 2013, which is a lot more than a normal skateboard costs, but pretty reasonable for a robotic one.

Nikkei via Crunchgear