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  • Drunk Swede runs over cop in Segway getaway

    10/28/2012 1:37:30 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | October 27, 2012
    An inebriated man is suspected of drink driving and assault after running over a Malmö police officer while fleeing arrest on a Segway, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter daily.
  • "Segway Boy" c/o SegwayBoy.com (Wisconsin Idiot/Protestor - FunnY!)

    10/10/2011 2:14:26 PM PDT · by bigbob · 1 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10-9-11 | Segwayboy
    A musical tribute to Wisconsin's own "SEGWAY BOY"...
  • New electric diwheel hints at future of city transportation [Move over, Segway!]

    06/14/2011 6:16:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 06-13-2011 | by Bob Yirka
    The diwheel is a vehicle with two wheels on the same axle, i.e. in parallel, like the back two wheels on a wheelchair, and works by mounting a cabin of sorts for a driver between them. In this case, the power source is electricity stored in a battery. Diwheels have been created before, and have of course been seen in sci-fi movies; what’s new here is the stability control. Traditionally, the problem with creating a diwheel is in keeping the driver from gerbiling, an effect that comes about when you consider how a diwheel is constructed. If you simply connect...
  • Welcome to secret island of an eccentric genius

    10/24/2010 3:51:02 PM PDT · by lefty-lie-spy · 23 replies
    MSNBC, Today Show ^ | 10/21/2010 | Michael Inbar
    On the honorable island nation of North Dumpling, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s preside as Ministers of Ice Cream, while other notables hold such titles as Minister of Brunch and Minister of Nepotism. North Dumpling has its own constitution, issues its own visas, and prints its own currency, which bears the likeness of its most famous (OK, only) resident. But while his very private island off the coast of Connecticut may have its whimsies, renowned inventor Dean Kamen wants to show the world the fun in functionality. He’s created the most carbon-neutral kingdom on the planet...
  • Millionaire Segway tycoon dies in cliff plunge on one of his own scooters

    09/27/2010 8:06:13 PM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 9-27-10 | Chris Brooke
    The multi-millionaire owner of the company that makes Segway motorised scooters has died in a freak accident while riding one of his vehicles. Jimi Heselden, 62, was found dead in a river after plunging 80 feet over a limestone cliff near his home. He was riding a rugged country version of the two wheeled Segway when tragedy struck. The body of the businessman, a former miner who was estimated to be worth £166million, was found in the River Wharfe at 11.40am on Sunday by a passer-by. Police are investigating, but it is believed he lost control of the machine as...
  • Segway owner dies after falling off river cliff

    09/27/2010 8:57:15 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    LONDON – A wealthy British businessman who owns the company that makes the two-wheeled Segway people transporter has been found dead in a river in northern England after apparently falling off a cliff on one of the vehicles, police said Monday.
  • Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff

    09/27/2010 8:21:19 AM PDT · by traumer · 39 replies
    The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river. Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway. He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines - which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans - to inspect the grounds of his property. Big heart: Jimi Heselden...
  • Millionaire owner of Segway firm dies in freak accident (off cliff)

    09/27/2010 6:26:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 89 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 9-27-2010 | By Gavin Allen
    The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river. Former miner Jimi Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding around his West Yorkshire estate in Boston Spa on a rugged country version of the Segway. He bought the firm last December and was using one of the machines - which use gyroscopes to remain upright and are controlled by the direction in which the rider leans - to inspect the grounds of his property.
  • Segway company owner dies riding two-wheeled machine off cliff

    09/27/2010 4:46:30 AM PDT · by tje · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10:37AM BST 27 Sep 2010 | No By Line
    Jimi Heselden, the owner of the Segway company, has died after riding one of the two-wheeled machines off a cliff and into a river. The multi-millionaire businessman, 62, fell into the River Wharfe while inspecting the grounds of his North Yorkshire estate on a rugged country version of the Segway. The Segway is a motorised scooter which use gyroscopes to remain upright and is controlled by the direction in which the rider leans.
  • Honda UX-3 Personal Mobility Device

    06/17/2010 12:36:10 PM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 65 replies · 1,801+ views
    You Tube ^ | 6/17/10 | Honda
    See YouTube: Honda UX-3 Personal Mobility Device.
  • Montour board sues state over prosecutor’s pay (Segways in PA Govt Building)

    10/05/2009 12:08:34 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 2 replies · 424+ views
    Daily Item ^ | 10/4/09 | Gina Morton
    DANVILLE — State officials seem to have lots of money to make their offices more comfortable, but claim there isn’t enough to meet their legal obligations to counties, the Montour County commissioners say. The commissioners are trying to force state lawmakers to pay 65 percent of District Attorney Robert Buehner’s salary as required by the state law that made the prosecutor’s position full-time. Montour County is already owed about $200,000, they say. Officials of other counties have voiced similar complaints. During a recent trip to Harrisburg to notify state officials that Montour County is suing them for their share of...
  • The Newest Needless "Car"

    04/14/2009 11:42:47 AM PDT · by Tim Slagle · 43 replies · 1,890+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | 04/13/09 | Tim Slagle
    "A collaborative effort between General Motors and Segway Inc. debuted Tuesday April 7th in New York: the new PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility vehicle). With the assistance of GM, Segway did something everyone thought was absolutely impossible: They made the Segway even DORKIER. Ever since they debuted to great fanfare in 2001, Segways never captured the hearts of Americans like they were supposed to. Originally projected to sell forty thousand units the first year, it is now speculated that Segway probably hasn't sold 30 thousand units to date. So why didn't they catch on? I'm guessing just because they...
  • Segway & GM Announce Green' Urban Vehicle

    The companies announced Tuesday that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks .
  • GM, Segway Unveil 'Green' Urban Vehicle

    04/07/2009 5:45:24 PM PDT · by Doogle · 93 replies · 2,932+ views
    ap ^ | 04/07/09 | AP via FOX
    NEW YORK — A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc.
  • GM and Segway unveil new two-wheeled urban vehicle (Warning: Not a joke but funny)

    04/07/2009 3:30:16 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 98 replies · 3,213+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/7/2009 | Bree Fowler/AP
    A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels not four, according to executives for General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies announced Tuesday that they are working together to develop a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a fast, safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars and trucks for cities across the world.
  • GM And Segway Partner on Urban Personal Mobility Electric Vehicle

    04/07/2009 3:28:02 AM PDT · by taildragger · 42 replies · 1,008+ views
    Green Car Congress ^ | 4/7/2009 | Larry Burns
    General Motors Corp. and Segway are unveiling a new type of personal mobility vehicle targeted for city use. Under “Project P.U.M.A.” (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), GM and Segway are developing an electrically powered, two-seat prototype urban vehicle that has only two wheels.
  • Hilarious video of Chimp riding Segway

    12/31/2008 8:49:51 AM PST · by SonOfDarkSkies · 18 replies · 1,198+ views
    Darks Skies Blog ^ | 12/31/2008 | Jack Everest
    Thought you guys would get a good laugh out of this!
  • Should the government give $400 million to the maverick electric car maker?

    11/24/2008 9:02:56 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 23 replies · 810+ views
    Forbes ^ | 11/21/2008 | Taylor Buley
    Bay Area Mayors Gavin Newsom, Chuck Reed and Ron Dellums want to turn California into the Detroit of green cars with their new public-private initiative (See "California E-Car Dreaming.") Now, I'm a conservationist, but I'm also a libertarian. So while I'm all for bringing green business to Silicon Valley, I have to ask: Does that mean rescuing a business that shows no evidence of being able to make it on its own? Electric car maverick Tesla Motors, of San Carlos, Calif., is asking the U.S. Department of Energy for $400 million in direct loans. To me, it seems like a...
  • Segway Inventor Builds Bionic Arm for Wounded GIs

    12/09/2008 10:41:16 PM PST · by Ron C. · 42 replies · 2,137+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 12-9-08 | unk
    Segway Inventor Builds Bionic Arm Tuesday , December 09, 2008 FOX NEWS The man behind the Segway scooter has a new invention: bionic arms for wounded soldiers. Called the "Luke Arm" after the prosthetic hand sported by Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movies, Dean Kamen's device is lightweight, self-contained and fully capable of picking up grapes, baby bottles, even electric drills. ... snip The Luke Arm has four fingers and an opposable thumb, and was designed to be controlled by muscular movement in the wearer's remaining limbs. But thanks to neurological advances in "targeted renervation" by Dr. Todd Kuiken...
  • Toyota Unveils 'Winglet,' Segway-Like Personal Transporter

    08/02/2008 6:49:39 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 35 replies · 215+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/1/08 | Associated Press
    Toyota has developed a motorized stand-up-and-ride Segway lookalike designed to help people scoot around at malls and airports. But the "Winglet," shown Friday in Tokyo, takes some getting used to. A demonstrator was visibly worried about its safety while accompanying a reporter who cautiously tried it on a short course in a Toyota showroom.
  • China: Fighting Terrorism on a Segway

    07/04/2008 12:03:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 122+ views
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 07/04/08
    July 04, 2008 Members of China’s armed police demonstrate a rapid deployment during an anti-terrorist drill held in Jinan, east China on Wednesday, roughly one month ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games. [AP/XINHUA]
  • Segway officers up and rolling

    03/19/2008 5:39:31 PM PDT · by traumer · 41 replies · 834+ views
    Cannot post - but here is the link: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080317/NEWS/803170338/1001/news
  • Injured vets given Segway scooters

    11/10/2007 7:12:29 AM PST · by Hornitos · 8 replies · 75+ views
    MySanAntonio.com ^ | 11/7/2007 | Bridget Smith
    Injured vets given Segway scooters Web Posted: 11/07/2007 08:09 PM CST Bridget SmithKENS 5 Eyewitness News They fearlessly served our country in Iraq, and many of them came home with the battle scars to prove it. On Wednesday, the Alamo became the backdrop for a gift to say thank you to dedicated heroes. The Segs4Vets program, which supports the severely injured, made transportation for these heroes a little less taxing and a little more happy. "We're presenting 42 Segways to men and women of the United States Military," said Jerry Kerr, with the Segs4Vets program. The veterans were happy to...
  • Reporter who mocked Bush on Segway suffers own spill

    09/04/2007 4:45:04 AM PDT · by stratboy · 40 replies · 2,303+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | September 3, 2007 | None Listed
    Call it irony or call it karma. The ex-newspaper editor from Britain who mocked President Bush in 2003 for falling off a Segway scooter has now suffered his own spill from the personal transportation device – and the plunge was caught on camera.
  • Reporter Who Called Bush ‘Idiot’ for Segway Fall Cracks Ribs in Fall from Contraption

    09/03/2007 3:14:37 PM PDT · by rfp1234 · 101 replies · 5,796+ views
    Breitbart TV ^ | 09/03/2007 | Breitbart TV
    The ex-newspaper editor took great delight in making fun of President Bush for falling off a Segway - the two-wheeled, motorised, gyroscopically balanced scooter that, its makers promise, will never fall over. However, he was bitten by karma and suffered the same fate as Bush.
  • When Sightseeing Via Segway, Tourists Become the Attraction

    08/12/2007 8:19:00 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 374+ views
    abcnews.go ^ | 08/12/07 | TERESA MENDEZ
    A Reporter Embarks on a Decidedly Nonpedestrian Tour of the Nation's Capital : Celeste Bagert was incredulous when she learned that her husband had signed them both up for a $65 tour of Washington on Segway scooters. "Those," she said disdainfully, "are the dorkiest things, ever." She told him the money would have been better spent on a sushi dinner. Oh well. The duo is part of a group of friends I've joined for a tour via the iconic transportation device that was supposed to revolutionize the commute, but instead became the province of law-enforcement officials and ... urban tourists....
  • Segway Scooters Banned On Public Property In Netherlands As Of Jan. 1

    01/04/2007 1:44:40 AM PST · by FYREDEUS · 17 replies · 1,094+ views
    AP via sympatico.msn.ca ^ | 02/01/2007 1:00:00 PM | AP
    AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch police have banned Segways from all public roads, bike paths and walkways as of New Year's Day, surprising the country's official importer of the two-wheeled, self-balancing scooters. Segway Nederland director Piet Kruijt said Tuesday the company was "completely ambushed" by the decision, first announced by national police on Nov. 27. "We're working on all fronts to get this resolved," Kruijt said. He estimated that "a number of hundreds" of Segways have been sold in the Netherlands. For now, they are legal only on private property. Police said that with no approval of the vehicles in sight...
  • Recall: Segways 'randomly reverse'

    09/14/2006 10:06:01 PM PDT · by fishhound · 7 replies · 571+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 15, 2006 - 11:50AM | na
    Segway is recalling all 23,500 of the self-balancing scooters it has shipped because of a software glitch that can make its wheels unexpectedly reverse direction, throwing off the rider -- and in at least one incident, break some teeth. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday said consumers should stop using the vehicles immediately. Segway is cooperating on the voluntary recall.
  • Segway Recalls Scooters for Injury Risk

    09/14/2006 8:39:31 AM PDT · by Cagey · 31 replies · 974+ views
    MSN Money ^ | 9-14-2006
    Segway Inc. is recalling all 23,500 of the self-balancing scooters it has shipped to date because of a software glitch that can make its wheels unexpectedly reverse direction, causing riders to fall off -- and in at least one incident, break some teeth. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, with whom Segway is cooperating on the voluntary recall announced Thursday, said consumers should stop using the vehicles immediately. Segway has received six reports of problems with the Personal Transporter, resulting in head and wrist injuries. The vehicles were previously known as the Human Transporter. Segway is offering a free software...
  • Next generation Segway scooters unveiled

    08/14/2006 10:23:08 AM PDT · by Cagey · 92 replies · 3,069+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8-14-2006 | Scott Malone
    BOSTON (Reuters) - The maker of the Segway scooter on Monday unveiled the second generation of its self-balancing electric one-person vehicle. The redesigned scooter allows the rider to steer by leaning to the right or left, rather than by turning the handlebars. It also features a wireless electric key and alarm system. The scooters feature two side-by-side wheels, and are ridden in a standing position, with the rider grasping handlebars. A gyroscope provides balance, making it fairly easy to remain in the upright position. Officials at Bedford, New Hampshire,-based Segway Inc. said they have sold tens of thousands of the...
  • Of Segways and space

    06/05/2006 7:40:48 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 258+ views
    The Space Review ^ | 06/05/06 | Jeff Foust
    I had just passed through security at the Baltimore airport earlier this year, going through the post-security ritual of putting items (keys, watch, change, phone, etc.) back into their proper places, when a gray blur entered my peripheral vision. I looked up and saw a Maryland state trooper glide silently pass just a meter away, standing atop a two-wheeled Segway scooter. I watched at the trooper navigated the Segway to the end of the concourse, turned, and headed back down the concourse to continue his patrol. And I wasn’t the only one who noticed: nearly everyone in that portion of...
  • Segway Sets Course For Stock Market

    05/29/2006 2:52:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 69 replies · 1,625+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 29 May 2006 | AP
    Scooter's Catch On With Cops, But Not Consumers (AP) LOS ANGELES Thieves used to break into as many as five cars a week in the parking garage at Los Angeles' Union Station. Then the Metropolitan Transportation Authority came up with a simple solution: They put a security officer on a Segway Human Transporter. "The first day that one of the security officers was on the device was pretty much the last day there was a break-in," said Robin Blair, a transportation planning manager for the MTA, which owns about 19 Segways. Although the electric, self-balancing Segway scooter never quite caught...
  • Access vs. safety issues bog down use of Segway scooters

    12/05/2005 10:23:32 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 66 replies · 1,413+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12.05.05 | David Peterson
    The 'human transporter' is transforming the lives of some disabled people -- but the machine has been banned from some of the places they'd most like to be. Multiple sclerosis doesn't stop Cheryl McManners from zipping around the Minnesota State Fair or the Landscape Arboretum on her high-tech human transporter, a two-wheeled device known as a Segway. But the Minneapolis Institute of Arts told the Shakopee woman not to show up with one. The Minnesota Zoo sent her back to the parking lot. And the Mall of America, she says, "doesn't want you anywhere near there." Four years after the...
  • Bush surprises Koizumi with Segway gift

    11/16/2005 4:38:55 PM PST · by Cagey · 49 replies · 1,772+ views
    NZ.com ^ | 11-16-2005
    KYOTO: In the latest sign of their chummy ties, US President George W Bush gave Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi a surprise gift of a Segway electric scooter and urged him to take a spin. Bush, who often refers to his warm friendship with Koizumi, gave the Japanese leader the upright two-wheeler ahead of a summit at which they reaffirmed their close diplomatic ties. Bush was riding the vehicle when he met Koizumi outside the Kyoto State Guest House in the ancient Japanese capital, a Japanese pool report said. Urged by Bush to give it a whirl, Koizumi took a...
  • Police: Thieves Apparently Couldn't Sell Stolen Segways

    08/09/2005 4:53:33 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 20 replies · 346+ views
    The WMUR Channel ^ | today | staff
    CONCORD, N.H. -- The thieves who wheeled 10 Segway scooters away from a truck dealership in April apparently couldn't figure out how to sell their loot, police said. Police found the motorized scooters last week stowed in a Manchester garage collecting dust and in perfect condition. "Right from the beginning, we questioned how they would move these things around," said Detective Todd Flanagan. "It seemed like it would be difficult for them to get rid of them. And that seems to be what happened." A tip led police to a rented garage on Friday. Besides the Segways, police found Segway...
  • Woman is hurt during Segway tour in park

    06/07/2005 12:24:17 PM PDT · by scott7278 · 76 replies · 1,642+ views
    STLToday.com ^ | 6/06/05 | Shane Graber
    A woman was injured on a Segway tour in Forest Park Sunday, the first injury since the St. Louis Science Center started offering the tours in Forest Park. The extent of the woman's injuries was unknown. Contacted in her room at an area hospital, she declined to be interviewed. The Science Center has offered Segway training to about 500 customers inside the facility during the past six months, and there have been no injuries, said Frieda Smith, the senior director of public programs there. Segways are self-balancing, two-wheeled motorized vehicles. Sunday marked the fourth outside tour. "We insist on training,...
  • Segway's expansion on course

    01/29/2005 1:22:36 PM PST · by Willie Green · 47 replies · 1,692+ views
    Foster's Online ^ | Saturday, January 29, 2005 | ERIK STETSON
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Europe is become a key new market for Segway LLC, with a pilot project underway to tie the self-balancing, two-wheeled devices into France´s mass-transportation system and sales picking up, particularly in Italy. "It feels like we're constantly on back order," said marketing vice president Klee Kleber. "We're constantly rushing shipments over there." Segway's smallest model is its most popular overseas, a situation opposite to America's, chief technology officer J. Douglas Field said. The smaller model's tires measure 3 inches less in diameter than the larger model's. It...
  • Scooters get OPP rolling on campus (Penn State maintenance workers ride the Segway)

    11/15/2004 10:49:13 AM PST · by Willie Green · 7 replies · 379+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 | Kelly Sitch
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Forget the big blue and white vans. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) now has a new way for its maintenance workers to move around campus -- Segway Human Transporter scooters. Two weeks ago, OPP brought the scooters to University Park to provide a more efficient, cost-effective means for its maintenance workers to get around, said Larry Mayes, OPP supervisor of services in Area 2, which covers most of the northwest part of campus. There was some concern that the scooters would be seen as "gimmicks" when the concept was first...
  • Finding the Segway from novelty to sales

    11/10/2004 1:47:08 PM PST · by Willie Green · 27 replies · 994+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Wednesday, November 10, 2004 | Kim Leonard
    George Gatto has been selling Segway human transporters for two months at his motorcycle and bicycle shops, and has one lingering question. Namely, "How do you advertise it, and who do you advertise to?" asked Gatto, who has been intrigued with the battery-powered device for years and now is among about 75 official dealers nationwide. Segway LLC appears to be working out that issue, too. The Bedford, N.H., company debuted the first Segway in December 2001, and while professionals in fields ranging from law enforcement to warehouse operations are using them, they haven't yet generated widespread interest among consumers. Segway...
  • Need For Speed

    08/02/2004 2:22:02 PM PDT · by Cannoneer No. 4 · 3 replies · 527+ views
    Soldier -- Magazine of the British Army ^ | AUGUST 2004 | Graham Diggines
    FORGET stuffy hatchbacks and people carriers, DVD2004 isn’t your run-of-the-mill motor show. Packed with hundreds of stands, the exhibition, held at the MoD’s Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedford, boasted some of the most exciting vehicles around. And 18-year-old tanker driver Pte Lucy “Speedy” Speed, 27 Regiment RLC, was itching for a test drive. Full throttle: Pte Lucy Speed takes the plunge in a Prowler All Terrain Vehicle at DVD 2004 Prowler All Terrain VehicleFirst up, Pte Speed jumped on the four-wheel drive American Prowler ATV (on previous page). A cross between a high-powered quad bike and buggy, the 700cc Prowler...
  • Segway? No way, RT tells a rider

    04/28/2004 1:47:43 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 25 replies · 157+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Tony Bizjak
    The man -- a state official -- protests a conductor's barring of the people mover. Is Sacramento Regional Transit closing its doors, and its mind, to new transit options? That's what Jeffrey Spencer wants to know. Spencer got turned away at the door last week when he tried to board a light-rail train - on a Segway. He acknowledges the $5,000 Segway, a two-wheeled, battery-powered, self-balanced device, is unusual and a bit controversial. Some advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities worry Segways might run them over, and have been lobbying for restrictions on where they can be used....
  • The Segway: A Bright Idea, But Business Model Wobbles

    02/12/2004 9:24:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies · 229+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/12/04 | David Armstrong
    <p>Dean Kamen hoped to change the world by inventing his futuristic upright scooter, the Segway. His quest now is more pedestrian: keeping afloat the company that sells his invention.</p> <p>Segway LLC, the Manchester, N.H., company formed by Mr. Kamen to make and market the $4,000 scooter, has been beset by poor sales and management turnover. Mr. Kamen recently raised $31 million in fresh money to supplement the $100 million initially raised.</p>
  • First arrest over Segway self-balancing transporter in Japan

    02/06/2004 6:33:56 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 7 replies · 188+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | Fri Feb 6,12:46 PM ET
    First arrest over Segway self-balancing transporter in Japan Fri Feb 6,12:46 PM ET TOKYO, (AFP) - Japanese police have detained an importer of the Segway Human Transporter for violating traffic laws, the first arrest over the self-balancing scooter-like device in Japan. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested the 42-year-old Japanese importer, whose name was not immediately available, on suspicion of riding the two-wheeled device on a public road last year, a police spokesman said. "In Japan, the scooter is categorised as a motorcycle, which must be equipped with both lighting and brake systems," the spokesman said. "The Road Traffic Law...
  • The Squirrel Grenade (EXTREMELY funny article)

    01/18/2004 4:03:57 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 222 replies · 24,516+ views
    pvpforums.com ^ | Jan 18, 2004 | by T-Duck
    I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and more sheer data processing than nearly any other common activity or sport. The reactions and accurate decision making abilities needed have been likened to the reactions of fighter pilots! The consequences of bad decisions or poor situational awareness are pretty much the same for both groups too. Occasionally, as a rider I have caught myself starting to make bad or late decisions while riding. In flight training, my instructors called this being "behind the power...
  • DIY Segway...

    01/13/2004 1:22:59 PM PST · by 1stFreedom · 5 replies · 175+ views
    Interesting website detailing how someone built their own "Segway". Building a Balancing ScooterShort MPEG Video
  • Scooter clone takes on the Segway

    01/13/2004 1:01:28 PM PST · by polemikos · 70 replies · 1,326+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 12 2004 | Alfred Hermida
    By Alfred Hermida BBC News Online technology editor in Las Vegas It took nine months to come up with the Segway clone You could soon see a lot more people zipping around on stand-up Segway-type electric scooters. A US company has come up with an imitation of the invention that was supposed to revolutionise transport. The Rad2Go Q electric scooter looks like a Segway, but has four wheels and costs a quarter of the price. "The Segway is a marvellous invention," said Rad2Go President John Wang, "but for me it is too much technology for moving from point A to...
  • Segway Goes to War

    12/02/2003 6:54:41 AM PST · by Hillary's Folly · 40 replies · 207+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | Brian Doherty
    The Segway, for those who remember the golden, glorious promise of those halcyon days of the 20th century, was meant to completely change our transportation grid and revolutionize human society by providing people with a new brand of souped-up motorscooter for those days when we didn't need to carry anything, the weather was perfectly pleasant, and we didn't mind standing up for the whole trip. Doubtless because of the sinister stranglehold of the auto industry, it failed to win many converts, selling only around 6,000 so far. But now the U.S. government is stepping in to rescue this relic of...
  • Pentagon Explores Using Segways in Battle

    12/01/2003 7:38:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 179+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/1/03 | Michael P. Regan - AP
    NEW YORK - It's called the Segway Human Transporter, but the Pentagon (news - web sites) is drafting the two-wheeled scooter as part of a plan to develop battlefield robots that think on their own and communicate with troops. The program is still in the research phase, so the self-balancing scooters aren't expected to report to boot camp anytime soon. So far, university researchers armed with Pentagon funding have programmed Segway robots that can open doors, avoid obstacles, and chase soccer balls — all without human control. Researchers say potential applications for the robots include performing search missions on the...
  • Comin' In on a Wheel and a Prayer [Segway competition?]

    12/01/2003 10:53:20 AM PST · by aculeus · 26 replies · 625+ views
    Wired ^ | Nov. 29, 2003 | Kari L. Dean
    <p>Bombardier, maker of planes, trains and water mobiles, forged a new way to battle wet and heavy terrain when it introduced the first snowmobile in 1942. Sixty-one years later, the transport manufacturer is again out to re-invent personal travel, this time on dry ground and congested city streets -- and on one wheel.</p>
  • U.S. considers turning scooters into war robots

    12/01/2003 12:25:45 PM PST · by new cruelty · 28 replies · 264+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 1 2003 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — It's called the Segway Human Transporter, but the Pentagon is drafting the two-wheeled scooter as part of a plan to develop battlefield robots that think on their own and communicate with troops. The program is still in the research phase, so the self-balancing scooters aren't expected to report to boot camp anytime soon. So far, university researchers armed with Pentagon funding have programmed Segway robots that can open doors, avoid obstacles, and chase soccer balls -- all without human control. Researchers say potential applications for the robots include performing search missions on the battlefield, transporting injured soldiers...