Remember the Segway? That big old “personal transporter” thing that nobody except for uber-nerds and local sight-seeing tour guides used? That was the brainchild of Dean Kamen, back in 2001. It’s safe to say that the original Segway didn’t do so well. When is the last time you saw one rolling by? It’s about as rare as seeing a DeLorean.
Well, Segway is back with an updated, smaller, slimmer, and smarter model. It’s the Segway miniPRO, and at about 10% of the cost of the original, it just may catch on. You can pick one up for about $800 on Amazon.
The new sleek ride has no handle bars, and that’s not a seat — they are knee paddles used to steer. Don’t confuse the Segway miniPRO with one of those cheap Chinese “hover boards” – this thing is a quality piece of machinery. The battery will take you 14 miles, with a top speed of 10 MPH, and of course, there is a companion app for your smart phone – which can be used to control the miniPRO remotely. I think we’ll be seeing more of these new Segways on the streets pretty soon.
Ironic side note: Jimi Heselden, the man who purchased the Segway company from inventor Dean Kamen, died in a Segway accident.
Also check out this cool golf cart.
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