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Photo courtesy of Boosted Boards.

You might see this electric vehicle in the X Games someday.

Well, you already see its manual version in the annual competition — the skateboard!

The folks at Boosted Boards have created what they’re calling “the lightest electric vehicle that’s ever been made.” It’s a longboard that’s designed to carry you the “last mile” of your commute. The prototype probably weighs less than your dumbbell and even climbs steep hills.

But don’t try any tricks; you might break the expensive motor.

“The last mile of transportation is this huge problem that hasn’t been solved yet,” the small company’s co-founder Sanjay Dastoor says in a YouTube video that promos the contraption (check it out below). “Once you get off of a public transit system, whether it’s a bus or a train or anything else, how do you get along that last mile to your destination? What Boosted Boards does is gives you a really portable vehicle that you can use in conjunction with public transit.”

The tiny board’s throttle and braking are all controlled by a small hand-held remote that users wear on their thumb — and the vehicle’s brakes are “regenerative,” meaning they charge the battery a little bit every time you stop.

Don’t hang up your walking shoes just yet! Right now, the company is still just working on prototypes, which weigh something in the area of 12-15 pounds.

Check out full coverage on the little electric longboard that could from here.

And check out the hot YouTube promo video below:

It’s like a low-tech “Minority Report.”

Lathrop, Calif., lovebirds Steve and Amanda Nelson are taking to YouTube after their tricked-out Honda Accord got boosted right in front of their house.

The couple apparently uses their dog Pismo as their super-cheap car alarm option (whoops! That might be their first mistake right there, maybe try a REAL alarm.) The normally peaceful pooch first confronted the thieves when they slunk up alongside the house:

“She doesn’t bark, so I elbowed him a little bit and I said, ‘Babe,’ and he said, ‘I’m going, I’m going,’” Amanda told FOX40 in Sacramento.

Steve ran around to the front of the house, just in time to see the car rolling on away.

Now on the hunt, the couple has slapped the footage on YouTube, imploring the help of anyone who sees either the thieves or their car — along with a message to the ne’er-do-wells:

“Try working for what you want in life and you can have the nice things we have without stealing,” Amanda told FOX40.

Check out the YouTube footage below: