Segway: Technology of the Future!
A Daily Probe Exclusive First Look
NEW YORK, NY (DPI) - Inventor Dean Kamen finally demonstrated his much-ballyhooed new invention
last week, claiming that the new "Segway Human Transporter" will revolutionize
transportation as we know it. The device, which had been code-named
"Ginger" and was the object of much media speculation over the last year, is striking
in its simplicity: it is a single wheel with a seat and two pedals, allowing
people to "go anywhere their hearts desire" with a minimum of
effort. Since it has a turning ratio of zero, intricate sidewalk maneuvers are
not likely to affect nearby pedestrians.
The "Segway Human Transporter"
The science and high-tech communities were effusive in their praise for the device.
Apple founder Steve Jobs said, "They stole this idea from Apple! We've
had something like this in the works since I first saw one while touring
Xerox headquarters years ago!!" Not all scientists were impressed. Physicist
Steven Hawking commented, "What's the big deal? It's a fucking unicycle."
"Ginger" in Action -- 120 mph!
Kamen says that an industrial model is already being put to the test at
circuses and street fairs nationwide, but the public will have to wait a while
before they get their hands on the consumer model (code-named "Mary Ann"). "The
Mary Ann model isn't nearly as sexy as the Ginger model, but for some unknown
reason, many males seem to prefer its wholesome spunkiness," said Kamen.
(Reported by Tristan Fabriani, Joseph Moore)