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http://www.genomicon.com/tag/segways/
[video] Dorkmobiles Revisited
Another solution to a problem that nobody has.
What is it with these people? How much did they spend developing that?
Hadn=92t they noticed that Segways haven=92t exactly taken off? =

Just because you get pretty girls to demo the things doesn=92t mean you
won=92t feel like a total prannet trundling down the street on your
$5000 (or whatever it is) =93walking aid=94. =

[Segway Syndrome]
It=92s like wearing a hat with a great big arrow pointing downward and
a sign saying =93Look at me everyone. I want attention=94
...


http://ooglewindowblinds.com/gadget-reviews/segway-tried-by-chinese-militar=
y-during-anti-terrorist-drills
[image] Segway Tried by Chinese Military during Anti Terrorist Drills
July 9th, 2008 =

Chinese Military laid there hand on Segway and demonstrated on Tuesday
their skills at balancing and shooting while on Segways during a =

series of drills of anti-terrorist units in Jinan, Shandong Province,
according to Xinhua News Agency. Segway I useful tool in the kitty of
Chinese Military as it permits skilled hands, a Segway could be kept =

still enough to offer a stable position from which to shoot.
...
http://www.myconfinedspace.com/2010/09/21/thai-scooter-cops/
[related, non-EV]

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http://www.slipperybrick.com/2008/03/modified-6-wheel-segway/
[image & video] Modified monster Segway sports 6 wheels
Posted in Personal Transport by Darrin Olson on March 25th, 2008
Check out this guy with a little too much time and money on his =

hands with a customized Segway. The personal transport device is =

outfitted with what looks like 6 small car tires, three on each =

side, making it the widest and possibly the most impractical =

Segway we=92ve seen yet. The tires stretch it out two feet on either
side and sound like they add as much noise as they do traction ...


...
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=3Dgm-segway-roll-out-an-=
electric-scoo-2009-04-07
[images] GM, Segway roll out an electric scooter built for two
By Larry Greenemeier Apr 7 2009
GM Segway PUMA ... (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), a =

compact, battery-operated two-wheeler for two that [GM is] =

developing with Segway ... exists only in prototype, resembles a
golf cart cut in half: it's a two-seater that stands upright =

thanks to dynamic stabilization, which uses an array of angular =

rate sensors and accelerometers to determine the orientation and
motion of the vehicle's platform. The 300-pound (136-kilogram) =

vehicle runs on a lithium ion battery and can travel at speeds =

up to [35mph/56kmph], with a range up to [35mi/56km] ... =


To raise the coolness factor, GM is promoting the PUMA as mini
vehicle with a digital display mounted to the dashboard for viewing
speed and battery life. The wireless display can also connect out =

to the Internet, providing riders with information about traffic. =

No word on when PUMA will hit stores or how much it will [cost] =


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http://www.ubergizmo.com/2007/10/segway-mom-goes-around-in-style/
[image] Segway mom goes around in style Andrew Dobrow 02/10/2007
... soccer moms have gone the way of the dodo with Segway moms taking
over.

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http://www.gearfuse.com/hubo-becomes-first-robot-to-ride-segway/
Hubo becomes first robot to ride Segway June 1 2007

Korea=92s very own worker bot Hubo has learned a cool new trick. Hubo =

now has the =93first robot to ride a Segway=94 attribute to add to his =

resume ... Hubo can now travel at much faster speeds, up to [20kmph]
compared to its walking speed of [1.3kmph] ...

...
http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/16/segway-sales-hit-all-time-high-thanks-op=
ec/
Segway sales hit all time high, thanks OPEC!
By Darren Murph posted Jun 16th 2008
... has it really gotten so bad that we're resorting to losing our =

dignity riding Segways?

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http://www.defendamerica.mil/images/photos/apr2007/index/Hi-Res/070405_dail=
y.jpg
[image] Segway in Iraq [Apr 2007]
These are becoming a more frequent sight in the Middle East. Segways =

don't stink or spit like camels do.

...
http://www.military.com/NewContent/0,13190,SS_120904_Segway,00.html
[image] Segways Add Zip to Soldiers' Routines =

By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes Staff Dec 9 2004
Sgt. Robert Wells rides the Segway while wearing his bomb disposal =

suit at Camp Red Cloud. CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea =97 Explosive =

ordnance disposal (EOD) teams in Area I, South Korea, are trying out =

the Segway Human Transporter as a way to move soldiers wearing heavy =

[85lb] protective equipment on the battlefield ... has containers
for storing equipment on both sides, is small enough to fit in the
trunk of a car and can be lifted easily by a soldier ...

...
http://www.automotto.org/entry/the-lotus-exige-segway-goes-188mph-misses-wa=
rp-drive/
[related non-EV]
[image] The Lotus Exige Segway goes 188mph, misses warp drive =

Harshpaul Oct 15 2009
Segways ... are basically slow, two wheelers with a load of gadgets.
But a [Veyron] Segway that can go 188 mph is ... no ordinary Segway =

... it is the Lotus Exige segway. And yes, it has a supercharged =

engine and a zero to 60mph time of 2.02 seconds ...






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A curious vehicle indeed. I've seen something similar in Popular Science or
Popular Mechanics. That one had a different name, but virtually the same
configuration. Top speed on the other one was fifty to sixty miles per hour.
I've recently noted that that same vehicle was modified to have side-by-side
wheels which change to tandem configuration (motorcycle style) when over 20 mph.

Such gymnastics would indicate a solution for which there is no problem, in my
opinion. With a top speed of 25 mph, the Ryno is going to need a brave operator.

I own a Focus Designs Self-Balancing Unicycle, with a top speed of 15 mph and a
range of 15 miles, but I won't take it that fast. A self-balancing device such
as the SBU and the Ryno use gyro-feedback motor control. When you lean forward,
the controller speeds up to keep the wheel under you. Eventually, you reach the
point where there is no speed buffer remaining, and you lose balance, forward,
at the vehicle's top speed. I speak from experience with SBU v1.0 and will never
do that again. SBU v2.0 has a new design which includes a very slight
oscillation at the higher speed, to warn the foolish.

The video in the link does not show the operator performing a stop, and there
should be no brakes of the conventional sense. Braking is performed on the SBU
by leaning to the rear, which causes regenerative braking (up to 11 percent) to
keep the wheel under the operator. The sense of control is very enjoyable and
the reality of control is accurate.


The larger Ryno may be easier to balance with the low profile tire, but the
weight is a tad excessive.

I've seen Segways operated by law enforcement and tourists on beach tours and
the operators tend to look a tad geeky. I don't think the SBU or the Ryno suffer
from that.
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RYNO Micro-Cycle: Segway-unicycle cross, but Way-Way Cooler

http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/01/ryno-like-a-segway-but-way-way-cooler/
[image & video] RYNO Like A Segway, But Way, Way Cooler
by Pete Danko, January 31st, 2011

At first glance, the RYNO Motors Micro-Cycle looks like something that
could only exist in Portlandia, the hilarious send-up on Portland,
Ore., from Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. But the Micro-Cycle ?
described aptly by Sustainable Business Oregon as ?a cross between a
unicycle and a Segway? ? appears to be chugging along from wild idea
to reality: The company said it?s now working with five engineering
students at the nearby Washington State University-Vancouver campus
to conduct tests on the machine.

RYNO said the students were building ?a five-foot-high dynamometer
test stand, which will be used to simulate performance and gather
data about the Micro-Cycle?s overall quality and durability.? That
feedback, the company said, will be used to make any final tweaks
before production begins.

According to the spec sheet on the RYNO Motors website, Prototype II
of the Micro-Cycle weighs 125 lbs., has a max speed of 25 mph and a
range of 30 miles, and it takes 90 minutes to charge its lithium iron
phosphate battery. But the thing you?re wondering about might be this:
How does someone not practiced at the art of unicycle riding not fall
down when using it? Alas, the ?Rider Safety Features? page of the
RYNO website is empty.

Hey, it?s a young startup. But designer Chris Hoffmann, who got the
idea for the vehicle after his daughter told him about a one-wheeled
motorcycle she saw in a video game, has explained in interviews that
mechanical and computer-controlled features make it safe and easy to
use after a little practice. [ rynomotors.wordpress.com
? 2011 EarthTechling]

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