The big Toy Fair rumor this week was that Mattel had developed a Back to the Future-like hoverboard. Alas, it turned out to be a non-working collector's item, a duplicate of the prop from the film. Damn. Here's another company touting a hoverboard, one that functions a lot like a segway.
Just about a decade ago, Dean Kamen introduced the Segway, a vehicle that some said would change the way cities were built. Well that didn't happen, but in the meantime, a student at MIT caught up with Kamen with his own self-balancing vehicle.
As part of this year's Michelin Challenge Design showcase, Colin Pan came up with the MBOLIC, a modular concept car that can be broken down into a Segway-like vehicle.
If you've got a couple of Segways and a couple of full sets of medieval armor, it only follows logically that you've gotta do some Segway jousting, right?
Creating a Tron Legacy homage out of a Segway seems like such a no-brainer, that I'm frankly amazed that we haven't seen one until now.
I don't consider the humble Segway to be all that safe. The owner of the company drove one off a cliff, after all! But some foolish individuals modified their Segway to go much faster than originally intended.
If you've been considering a Segway, but are a bit worried about how silly you'll look standing there like Lord of the Dorks, then consider a self-balancing unicycle where you can sit down as you ride.
We've given the Segway a pretty rough time over the years here at Dvice, mostly because it's kind of big and clunky. A sleek slimmed down version is what we really needed, and now a German company called Nolodesign has created one.
When designers try to clone the Segway personal transporter, problems abound: either they mess up the design with things like extra wheels, create concepts that are fundamentally flawed (like the "stroller" above), or somehow out-dork the dorkiest transport device ever made. Here are six of the worst Segway knockoffs ever.
Look, if the Segway had been a big hit rather than a huge, embarrassing flop, I would understand using it as a template for more wacky single-person vehicles. But it wasn't, so I don't. This Taurus is a self-balancing vehicle...