Posts for Tag: segway

Honda’s U3-X - Useful and you don't look like a douche

Saw this over at Crunchgear. Amazing product with real-world potential. Small, light, and actually inconspicuous enough. Not sure how much it costs but don't think it looks to be that expensive. Plus, if it's targeted to the people who have real physical disabilities, it might be covered by insurance.

I have always had a great disdain for the Segway. I think it's a pretty useless product that got way more hype than it deserved. The fact that it's been relegated to irrelevance proves my point. Big, bulky, expensive, and more of a status symbol than an actual product. It just screams - LOOK AT ME! PAY ATTENTION TO ME! Case in point, the Woz. I don't know what it is exactly but every time I see someone on a Segway, I want to just punch them in the face.

An amazing feat of engineering that no one will use

I'm constantly amazed at why Segway gets so much publicity. They introduced their latest invention, the P.U.M.A., a collaboration with GM. It's basically a Segway with beefed up performance, two seats, and a windshield. I'm sure it's an amazing feat of engineering and that very intelligent people got together to build a very complex "thing". But the point here is who will use this? I remember when the Segway PT came out 8 years ago with much fanfare and hype. Fast forward to today, the only Segway PTs I see are at the Segway rental shop next to a pho restaurant in East Oakland (perfect location!). It seems that people got enamored with technology without making it functional. Just because we have the ability to build it, doesn't mean we should. Also, great to know that GM is involved. Obviously, they have nothing better to do, right?