It’s a trip. Today I rode a Segway for the first time. Unbelievably easy to manouvre and incredibly surreal to experience. Fun too. I’m convinced that it is a major technological achievement and that it will have a far-reaching impact on society – kinda like the cell phone (love ’em or hate ’em).
Segway is, so far, marketing this thing perfectly. And I think their big markets won’t be individual novelty seekers or even lazy people but companies that need fleets – like on the factory floor or at airports – and non-car based cities, especially in developing countries. The guy who’s Segway I just rode has a “dead” leg and is now once again mobile.
Dean Kamen’s inventions start the same way—looking at a problem, ignoring the conventional thinking that surrounds it, and working tirelessly until it is solved—a formula he’s used since high school. Like most of his innovations, Segway HT (originally known and often referred to by its code-name, “Ginger”) reflects Dean’s belief that science and engineering can be harnessed to improve people’s daily lives. Dean and his team saw a way for his balancing technology to be applied to human transportation, brought together a core team to perfect it, and formed a new company to bring Segway HT and its vision to market.