What’s up with the Segway?

 

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Are they easy to learn how to ride? Will I fall off? What makes them go?DSC_0021

The Segway PT, “an electric, self-balancing human transporter with a sophisticated, computer-controlled gyroscopic stabilization and control system,” (Wikipedia) was invented by Dean Kamen, an American inventor. Segway is a homophone of the word segue, and PT is for Personal Transporter.

Easy to ride: Computers and motors in the base keep the Segway upright when powered on. Gyroscopic sensors and fluid-based leveling sensors detect the weight shift, and riders move by shifting their weight on the platform. (Unless you’re a lousy driver and jump off a curb, the only danger in falling is if the power ever shuts off, but each Segway has a warning alarm, and gives you time to step off.)

What makes them go? Segways are electric, and can go up to 12.5 miles per hour (20.1 km/h).

Because they’re quick to learn how to ride, Segways are ideal for persons with arthritis or other conditions that make walking long distances difficult. Although Segways cannot be marketed in the US as medical devices because they have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a medical device, Segs4Vets, a nonprofit organization, provides Segways to the men and women of the United States military whose service in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom resulted in permanent disability and difficulty walking.

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Besides assisting warriors with mobility, Segways can be seen in countries around the world used by police, on guided tours, and for personal use where municipalities permit.

Segways have inspired the formation of enthusiasts groups, Segway polo, group glides, and a growing community of riders worldwide.

From sports to security, tourism and mobility, so hop on and find out for yourself how easy and fun they can be.

Resources:

www.SEGAmerica.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Kamen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_polo

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