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    Inventor Dean Kamen Introduces The Segway

    Get ready for pedestrian trefic jams


    MANCHESTER, NH, December 3, 2001 - Segway LLC, the business founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to transform the way people work and live, today announced the much-anticipated debut of the SegwayTM Human Transporter (HT), the first self-balancing, electric-powered transportation machine. With dimensions no larger than the average adult body and the ability to emulate human balance, the Segway HT uses the same space as a pedestrian, and can go wherever a person can walk. The Segway HT will allow people to go farther, move more quickly, and increase the amount they can carry anywhere they currently walk.

    "The Segway HT is an enhancement to personal mobility that will allow people to make better use of their time," said Dean Kamen, Segway's chairman & CEO and the man with the technological vision behind the human transporter. "Ultimately, the Segway HT can make urban environments more livable by providing a solution to short-distance travel. If the Segway HT is widely adopted, it could help solve major urban problems, such as pollution, congestion and livability."

    The company will produce three distinct models: the i-series optimizes range and speed across a variety of terrain; the e-series is designed for business applications where it is necessary to carry cargo - up to 75 pounds in addition to the rider; the p-series will be ideal for densely populated areas, both indoors and out. The Segway HT's footprint is narrower than the average adult's shoulders and its length is no greater than a large shoe. And it's quiet—designed to emit only a barely audible harmonic hum.

    Segway HT will first be introduced for commercial use. Initial applications include large scale manufacturing plants and warehousing operations, travel and tourism, public safety, corporate and campus transportation, mail, package and product delivery. Consumer availability is planned for late 2002.


    Segway will soon begin evaluation with some of the world's leading corporations and service organizations.

    Company Usage Benefit
    United States Postal Service Improved work environment; productivity enhancement
    Michelin North America, Inc. Easy R&D facility and plant navigation
    GE Plastics Improved worker productivity/proximity
    National Park Service (NPS) Increased ranger mobility; environmentally friendly
    City of Atlanta
    (Ambassador program) Visitor education and improved navigation Distribution efficiency and improved logistics

    According to Jack Hennessy, retired chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity, "Dean is a uniquely talented engineer, passionate about using technology to solve important social problems. Human transportation is one of the biggest challenges facing cities around the world."

    The 'Magic' of Segway

    Kamen's team developed a breakthrough technology the company has termed "Dynamic Stabilization," which is the essence of the Segway HT. Dynamic Stabilization enables Segway's self-balancing emulation to work seamlessly with the body's movements. Gyroscopes and tilt sensors in the Segway HT monitor a user's center of gravity about 100 times a second. When a person leans slightly forward, the Segway HT moves forward. When leaning back, the Segway HT moves back.

    The Vision

    "With over 80 percent of the world's population soon to be living in urban areas, we believe that the Segway HT can, over time, play a vital role in these areas." said Kamen. "In the past, every major advance in powered transportation technology has involved ways of going long distances faster from the horse and buggy to the car to the airplane. The Segway HT, on the other hand, addresses the problem of moving people and products relatively short distances more efficiently… a few miles rather than from town to town using very little energy in the process."

    About Segway

    Segway LLC is a Manchester, NH, based business founded by renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to provide a solution to short-distance travel. The company has created the Segway™ Human Transporter (HT), the first self-balancing, electric-powered transporter designed to enhance the productivity of people by increasing the distance they can travel and the amount they can carry. Segway is funded by: Credit Suisse First Boston Private Equity, one of the largest managers of alternative assets in the world, through Credit Suisse First Boston Equity Partners, L.P. and associated funds; Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, the leading venture capital firm helping entrepreneurs build sustainable technology businesses; and individual investors. For additional information about Segway, please visit our web site at: Press releases and digital images are available at Segway's press center at:

    Looks neat!

    Impresses chicks

    and even carries mid aged bald guys

    What else could we want....

    Ps. Cant wait to get out of uni and start my own lab :-//

    I'm thinking of getting one for mommy eventually. Don't look too cool, but makes walking around more quick. Also, how would you park it outside a store, or would you just go in?

    If people start using these to go everywhere instead of walking... do you think the populations waist size will increase? Hmm...

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      Yep that's what we Americans need! Another way to avoid walking & putting on some more weight!

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        Great idea, and I believe there are use ful applications for it as well. postal service was right to jump on the bandwagon.

        Although I predict accidents related to these things will be high..people cant drive and if you have walked in any major downtown, you may know that people dont even know how to walk..this may be calling for more trouble.

        what about theft, bicycles get stolen in such high numbers and with no real way to track them once they are gone..they are gone. would the same happen to these things?

        what this may be very good for is use inside factories where people are walking with stuff and carrying it around..or airport workers moving from terminal to terminal type of deal.

        older people who do not want to sit in their electric carts but want to stand may find these helpful. and a big application may be for disabled people.

        The question is, how will it be used and where? sidewalks, malls, factories..what?
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          The question of taking it inside a store or climbing stairs. According to the inventor, he deliberately kept away from allowing people to use Segway to climb stairs. Reason: if people start falling off, this will delay the approval process for Segway. Technically, when u approach a stair case, get off Segway, and it will just follow u all the way up (or down).

          The real $10,000,000 question is, whether this device be allowed to use roads or side-walks. With a speed of 12 mph, this device technically falls under the rules of motor scooter, and hence can not be driven or ridden on roads, and needs to be driven only on designated areas for bicycles. Unless rules are changed, this is a significant problem for the company.

          Also the riders must be atleast 16 yrs old, and have to wear a helmet.


            And oh yes.. Initially the business customers will be paying in a range of $8,000 to $10,000 per one of these scooters.

            With economies of scale, hopefully, kicking in by late 2002, when the consumer model is introduced, the price should be down to approx $3,000. So don't get rid of that bicycle of your just now!


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