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That's right, Sparky. Now your favorite bot can tool around on its own personal transporter with "human-sized performance."
Segway has released its "RMP" (Robotic Mobility Platform) for the "quick and easy transportation" of civilian and military robots, according to Engadget. The price is steep--about $11,500 to $50,000, depending on the model--but that's still cheaper than buying a car that your robot can drive. (And it won't be nagging you for the keys to yours either.)
The RMP is making its debut in Japan, of course, land of the eventual … Read more
If it looks too good to be true, as they say, it probably is. That would explain our fear of getting on one of these Segway knockoffs.
The "Chariot Scooter" goes for $500, according to Uber-Review, while the real Segway costs around $4,000 to $5,000 (and way more if you bid on the "GOB version" on eBay). And even while charging 10 times more money, the authentic Segway hasn't been able to make it foolproof. The $500 model? We wouldn't even want to guess.
It may max out at 10 mph, but … Read more
A patent filing shows Sony may have its eye on building the younger, hipper version of the Segway scooter.
In November the company filed a patent for a skateboard, "which can travel in the front and back direction and which can turn by right and left wheels rotated when a rider riding on a step-board moves the position of rider's balance from the center of a vehicle base."
Like the Segway, Sony's futuristic skateboard would be steered by riders shifting their weight. The patent also says the board's electric motors would turn off automatically when … Read more
A fair number of U.S. college students have been known to make pilgrimages to Amsterdam for more than the historic value of the city: it's a well-known fact that a tantalizing number of activities that are illegal in the States are permissible or semi-legal for the Dutch. But now, according to the AP, you can't ride a Segway around on Dutch streets anymore. The "human transporters," once touted as the most significant technological advance since the Internet but now widely considered to be a universal symbol of dorkiness (its prominent role on "Arrested Development&… Read more
Those of us who followed the Segway phenomenon back when it was known as "Ginger" and was touted as the biggest technological innovation since the Internet sometimes ask--what if? What could be done to this thoroughly dorky mode of transportation to make it really catch on? A ways back we wrote about a fratboy prototype called the "Kegway," which would make it a whole lot easier to booze on the go but also a whole lot easier to score yourself a DUI. Plus, there's the whole "laws of physics" thing that would probably … Read more
LOS ANGELES--When you see several sheriff's deputies approaching someone in a big crowd of people, you automatically assume something is amiss.
That was my assumption here at the Universal CityWalk, where Nintendo is having its official West Coast launch party for its new video game console the Wii.
As part of the entertainment, Nintendo hired a company which has two people riding around on Segways, each of which is decked out with a flat-screen TV and a Wii. The two will roll--literally--up to a group in line, stop, and while hovering there, allow those in line to play games … Read more
Like so many people, we seem to have a Segway fixation. And, as with so many people, it makes absolutely no sense. Then again, abormal fixations rarely do.
In an effort to broaden our horizons, this item is not about a Segway. It's about a Segway competitor, thank you very much. Gizmowatch says Toshiba has entered the personal transport market with a fuel cell-powered scooter.
Details are scant to none, but we do know that this potential Segway rival is a sociable little critter: It sports LED lights that are apparently designed to communicate with other Toshiba transporters for … Read more
Thanks to a new line of Segways, you can look like a dork on the links. We got used to seeing the original, but when you add a golf bag, scorecard holder and other duffer essentials, it just looks wrong.
But like its predecessor, the Segway x2 Golf apparently is efficient despite its asthetic shortcomings. The new model, which Gizmag says will debut at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, cut at least an hour off the usual round of 18 holes in early trials. That leaves more time for apres-fairway cocktails, which we always endorse.
Fratboy photo repository CollegeHumor generally isn't the hottest destination for awesome gadget prototypes, unless you're looking for creatively constructed contraptions designed for the inhalation of various illicit substances. The "Kegway," however, caught my eye. Sure, it's purely a figment of Photoshop, and it would probably break several laws of physics to actually attach a keg onto the front of a Segway (they fall over easily enough as it is), but wouldn't this be an awesome new way to get busted for DUI?
I think introducing a "Kegway" model would solve each and … Read more