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Wall-E future now almost guaranteed with Segway's "S-Pod"
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Wall-E future now almost guaranteed with Segway's "S-Pod"
https://gizmodo.com/riding-segways-s-pod...1840832716

Quote: For the able-bodied, walking, while healthy, can be a pain. That’s especially true in Las Vegas, where the Strip feels like a neverending sprawl of interconnected casinos and flashing neon lights. Given that I average around 20,000 steps a day while at CES, taking Segway-Ninebot’s new S-Pod—a self-balancing stroller—for a spin felt like a good way to give my poor feet a break.

To test drive the S-Pod, I took a little trip to Segway’s booth, which features a mini-track. I’m not the world’s worst driver, but I am accident-prone. Needless to say, after signing a waiver and strapping on a helmet I was nervous that somehow I’d end up zooming straight off the track and into a neighboring booth.


No thanks. I'll walk.  Deadpan Coffee Drinker
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Yeah so we share the sidewalks with those monsters? Screw that.
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What's the point of this silly thing?

How does it differ from one of these in terms of practicality, especially considering the probable massive price difference?

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The S-Pod is a solution looking for a problem.      Angry
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Where is the Segwayesque contraption that will go to work for me?
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(01-08-2020, 04:49 PM)SYZ Wrote: What's the point of this silly thing?

How does it differ from one of these in terms of practicality, especially considering the probable massive price difference?

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The S-Pod is a solution looking for a problem.      Angry
it's Dysonesque
Chuckle
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(01-08-2020, 04:49 PM)SYZ Wrote: What's the point of this silly thing?

How does it differ from one of these in terms of practicality, especially considering the probable massive price difference?

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The S-Pod is a solution looking for a problem.      Angry

I would have loved one of the ones in the above pic for hubby when he was recovering from his first bout with cancer. He could stand and walk, but he was so weak that 5 steps would leave him totally exhausted and having to sit down. One of those would have made him so much more independent, we could have gone to town and he could actually done some of the errands once in that seat. Motorized wheel chairs are slow, hard to maneuver and impossible to get in and out of when you are weak as a kitten. This one he can drive to a counter and then stand up to do his biz and sit down and leave. A lot of his aggravation with healing came from total dependence on me. Plus it's snazzy and would have made him feel good instead of decrepit. It has uses.
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I can definitely see the uses for these for people who have trouble walking. For the rest of us, less exercise is not what this society needs.
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This thing will he a rich boy toy and not much else. Segway is good at producing products with no market, but they suck at developing markets for their products.
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Segway is no longer...

The Segway Was Meant to Be Much More Than a Sight Gag.

The powered scooter showed the stark contrast between our aspirations for technology
and its banal, dysfunctional reality.  

When the Segway went on sale, it was called “one of the most famous and anticipated
product introductions of all time” and predicted to be bigger than the PC. If that sounds
like public-relations prattle, know that those remarks came from Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs,
respectively.

(Jobs was privately skeptical—he reportedly told the company that “if one stupid kid at
Stanford hurt himself using a Segway and then announced online that the machine sucked,
the company is sunk.”)

A Time magazine cover story blasted out the headline “Reinventing the Wheel” and featured
Dean Kamen, the Segway’s inventor, saying that the device “will be to the car what the car
was to the horse and buggy.”
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I know some folks who'd drive to the bathroom if they could fit their cars down the hallway.
Freedom isn't free.
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(06-30-2020, 10:58 AM)SYZ Wrote: Segway is no longer...

The Segway Was Meant to Be Much More Than a Sight Gag.

The powered scooter showed the stark contrast between our aspirations for technology
and its banal, dysfunctional reality.  

When the Segway went on sale, it was called “one of the most famous and anticipated
product introductions of all time” and predicted to be bigger than the PC. If that sounds
like public-relations prattle, know that those remarks came from Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs,
respectively.

(Jobs was privately skeptical—he reportedly told the company that “if one stupid kid at
Stanford hurt himself using a Segway and then announced online that the machine sucked,
the company is sunk.”)

A Time magazine cover story blasted out the headline “Reinventing the Wheel” and featured
Dean Kamen, the Segway’s inventor, saying that the device “will be to the car what the car
was to the horse and buggy.”
 


It was one of the dumbest inventions of the last couple thousand years. Did the inventor really imagine that people would
buy and use these things on sidewalks everywhere?  It would have been dangerous, and it's not as if people need to walk LESS because everyone's too thin and need to put on a few pounds.        Facepalm
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(06-30-2020, 10:58 AM)SYZ Wrote: the device “will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy.”

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It can't (and didn't) even replace the bicycle. Would have loved to see that idiot throw his kids and some luggage onto a segway and drive them to visit nana in a neighbouring state.
“We drift down time, clutching at straws. But what good's a brick to a drowning man?” 
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(06-30-2020, 02:40 PM)Dancefortwo Wrote: It was one of the dumbest inventions of the last couple thousand years. Did the inventor really imagine that people would
buy and use these things on sidewalks everywhere?  It would have been dangerous, and it's not as if people need to walk LESS because everyone's too thin and need to put on a few pounds.        Facepalm

The buzz, as I recall it, was that it would revolutionize urban design because it would somehow obsolete cars in inner cities, turning them into a pollution-free quiet zone. Apparently the designers thought that we were going to render weather obsolete as well.

I recall the run-up to the announcement was full of "mystery teases" that raised expectations through the roof and made the device all the more ridiculous to people once they saw what it actually was.
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(07-07-2020, 12:58 AM)mordant Wrote:
(06-30-2020, 02:40 PM)Dancefortwo Wrote: It was one of the dumbest inventions of the last couple thousand years. Did the inventor really imagine that people would
buy and use these things on sidewalks everywhere?  It would have been dangerous, and it's not as if people need to walk LESS because everyone's too thin and need to put on a few pounds.        Facepalm

The buzz, as I recall it, was that it would revolutionize urban design because it would somehow obsolete cars in inner cities, turning them into a pollution-free quiet zone. Apparently the designers thought that we were going to render weather obsolete as well.

I recall the run-up to the announcement was full of "mystery teases" that raised expectations through the roof and made the device all the more ridiculous to people once they saw what it actually was.

Yeah, I remember the big buildup in the news and then Good Morning America unveiled it in 2001.  I was watching that morning.  It was a front facing scooter.   Big deal.  Facepalm

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(07-07-2020, 12:58 AM)mordant Wrote: The buzz, as I recall it, was that it would revolutionize urban design because it would somehow obsolete cars in inner cities, turning them into a pollution-free quiet zone.

I thought that what bikes and (good) public transport were for... Guess what, it really did work where I was living in Sweden.

Oh, and now we have electric scooters and people are realising (only just now, apparently) that we actually need some *regulations* about them. Who would've thunk that you can't just go whizzing by wherever you damn well please. Oh, and I saw someone complain about certain faster electric bikes not being allowed to use bike lanes somewhere (can't remember where).
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(07-07-2020, 11:22 AM)Vera Wrote:
(07-07-2020, 12:58 AM)mordant Wrote: The buzz, as I recall it, was that it would revolutionize urban design because it would somehow obsolete cars in inner cities, turning them into a pollution-free quiet zone.

I thought that what bikes and (good) public transport were for... Guess what, it really did work where I was living in Sweden.

Oh, and now we have electric scooters and people are realising (only just now, apparently) that we actually need some *regulations* about them. Who would've thunk that you can't just go whizzing by wherever you damn well please. Oh, and I saw someone complain about certain faster electric bikes not being allowed to use bike lanes somewhere (can't remember where).

As far as I can see the only thing that came out of the Segway are the electric hoverboards kids use.  

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And the other day I saw a guy going down the street  (on the bike path) on one of these gizmos.  So I guess something evolved out of the Segway, fancy front facing electric skateboards.

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