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Segway redux

2002-01-02 18:32:31+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Over the break I was in the car, and tuned to Wayne's World CNET Radio. Not only did I hear Dori interviewed, but I also heard a Segway spokesweasel make the noises I've been waiting for from them: That a good portion of their spending over the next few years is going to be about changing legislation. Time to start developing some compact stand-up vehicles that can take advantage of all those PR dollars; there are some interesting wheel arrangements that could probably handle curbs and the like much better than the Segway[Wiki] system, with lower power consumption and processing needs.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:34:06+00 by: petronius

Take a look at http://www.wired.com/news/gizmos/0,1452,48908,00.html I have maintained that the real story on Segway is not the scooter for kind of people who ride Razors down the street, but as a platform for other vehicles. The Ibot uses the same balance system, which I think will eventually make Kamen far richer than he is already. For example, I see a version of Segway as useful for people who don't yet need a wheelchair or an Amigo scooter, say, somebody with MS. I also see the balance system as useful for things like industrial robots that can handle rough terrain. The complaints that the Segway will keep people from healthy walking leave out the other possibilities. I think the civilian Segway is just Kamen's way to finance the really cool stuff.