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Old 6th June 2005, 18:15   #1
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We had a demo from the distributors of the Segway personal transportation machines (or whatever they call them) at the Internet City yesterday, and I took a turn in one of those.

I have never imagined that it would be possible to have so much fun on wheels at these speeds. Its a whole new world of fun altogether, and its a very practical though expensive alternative to walking.....so now you dont even have to walk!

I was allowed to have a very brief ride on one of them (the GT) just to prove to me that it isnt easy to fall off one of these machines. Took a couple of fast-ish turns and I was asked to bring the machine back...but it was serious fun while it lasted.

I've taken a video of the demo (they were also filming the use of these in real life - people going around the DIC from building to building, etc etc). It looks cool, feels cool (no accelerators, cables, pedals or levers) and is pretty hot!

They will begin to sell these in Dxb at approximately $5,000 per piece (starting). They even have an 'off-road' version called the XT...

Can someone tell me how to put this video on the site (or how to host it somewhere and place a link in here?)
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Go to www.rapidshare.de

upload your file and provide us the link ! simple !

hope this helps

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Here you go. Its 3.something megs and I'm not sure if its worth all the trouble as it wasnt taken by a camera but a camera phone:

http://rapidshare.de/files/2212245/VIDEO_00001.mp4.html


PS: The rapidshare site is full of adware, and hence it took quite a while to upload through my firewall and other such anti-spyware and malware detection engines... there is no such thing as a free lunch
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That is rather cool! What is target audience for this err...moving thing? Since you have used it, do you think it will be useful in India? Especially since we don't plain roads or walk-ways or footpaths at most of the places.
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That is rather cool! What is target audience for this err...moving thing? Since you have used it, do you think it will be useful in India? Especially since we don't plain roads or walk-ways or footpaths at most of the places.
I would imagine that the 'XT' model should be able to take care of that since it did drive through some loose-ish sand/gravel.

This moving thing is officially called the HT or the 'Human Transporter' and the target audience at this point of time would be primarily geeks (which is why the demo was held at the Internet City) and of course Americans ("what me walk?"). I cant think of a compelling reason why one should buy this "thing" but I'm sure they will come up with one. Else they will shut shop, which would be a pity because its such a wonderful invention.
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This must be the same contraption that I have seen on TV in F1 paddocks! Michael Schumacher was riding this one....(like the foot scooterette we might have ridden as kids) Although an alternative to walking is really an over use of technology dont you think so ?
(unless for disabled people etc..)

I am unable to download the file as I am using a proxy server.
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Hey Steeroid,

You are lucky you got a chance to "ride" the segway....i have been trying to get my hands on one just to play around for a bit since forever, but no luck. Once i saw a guy riding around and i was just about to approach him and ask if i could test-ride but then i saw a handicap sticker so i didnt want to leave him stranded while i rode around...lol.

When the segway was first launched the inventor - Dean Kamen was expecting it to revolutionize pedestrian travel. However one problem he encountered was some legal issues about the useage of segways on sidewalks in some US states.
The second thing that was overlooked was the fact that segways cost a lot of money, but legs come for free.

Abhay, as you mentioned possible uses for disabled people, Dean Kamen used the same gyroscopic stability program on what i feel is a much better use and came up with this brilliant wheelchair called the IBOT. Its capable for going up on 2 wheels and balancing, as well as climbing stairs etc etc.

Check it out here > http://www.independencenow.com/ibot/motion.html

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I remember www.amazon.com aggressively marketing the Segway. Had a chance to ride...um, travel on it and it was awesome! For the first couple of minutes, I was just dead sure that I am going to fall off leaning in that angle. But once I got the hang of it, it was splendid!

It is very expensive for what it is. However, there are some plants that have adopted these as the only means of transportation within. Of course, at a hugely discounted price.

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Old 16th June 2005, 21:47   #10
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Hmmm... looks like they're yet to make it Dubya-proof yet.

Actually the chap who was demonstrating it said the only way you can fall off it is if the contraption is 'OFF' or if you're really dumb. That picture you posted tells quite a tale....
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I must say it is a whole new experience trying to ride one. It does take a few minutes before you can get the hang of it, but the machine is awesome. I really wish we could get them india.

I was lucky to ride a HT with two modes allowing it to get a max of 10 and 15 miles per hour. The battries are supposed to last upto 3 hours (with the 10mph setting)

For those of you who are palnning to visit SFO, you can get your hands on one. They charge $60 for a 3 hour ride around the golden gate bridge....



It seems in San Jose, there are a handful of CEO's (including Steve JObs) who play polo with these machines..That's something i really want to try!!

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Awesome!!!!!


You know what, they should keep these things for rent in huge museums or wildlife parks or zoos.
Some of the older and weaker peoplecan rent one, hop on, and drive around.
Mind you, ONLY for the old people. Young people should walk!!!!
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Cool Segway - two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle!

Has anybody in the forum used the 'Segway', a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It was claimed to be the "the world's first self-balancing human transporter."

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It's been around for quite a while now, yes. Haven't used one though.
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Default Segway in movies

Saw it in a couple of movies recently.
1. "Iron Man"
2. "Dasavatharam" - Kamal Hassan's latest movie.
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