• Segway’s first robot launches to developer partners

    Segway’s first robot launches to developer partners

    Segway’s moving along with its plan to develop its robotics capability, with the launch of its developer edition Loomo robot, the first robot it created and demoed last year at CES. The robot combines a domestic bot with a Segway personal transport, tackling last-mile transportation as well as addressing a host of other in- and around-home uses. Loomo has autonomous capabilities and… Read More

  • Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians

    Stanford’s ‘Jackrabbot’ robot will attempt to learn the arcane and unspoken rules of pedestrians

    It’s hard enough for a grown human to figure out how to navigate a crowd sometimes — so what chance does a clumsy and naive robot have? To prevent future collisions and awkward “do I go left or right” situations, Stanford researchers are hoping their “Jackrabbot” robot can learn the rules of the road. Read More

  • Segway’s smart mini-transporter is up for pre-order

    Segway’s smart mini-transporter is up for pre-order

    Segway doesn’t mention hoverboards in today’s official Ninebot by Segway MiniPro availability announcement. Of course, it’s easy to see why the company would be so quick to distance itself from the incredibly popular but extremely problematic product category. For one thing there’s the whole exploding problem that has set in motion a scramble to better regulate… Read More

  • Segway Made A Robot That Connects To Your Two-Wheeled Scooter

    Segway Made A Robot That Connects To Your Two-Wheeled Scooter

    Another day, another autonomous two-wheeled robot. Segway, the maker of two wheeled riding machines, has released something called the Segway Robot. This little robotic head connects to a standard Segway and adds an Intel RealSense RGB-D camera, speech recognition, and self-driving capabilities all powered by an onboard computer. It will also have an SDK so you can program your robot to do… Read More

  • Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia

    Beijing-based Ninebot Acquires Segway, Raises $80M From Xiaomi And Sequoia

    Intriguing news from the personal transportation mobility device sector: Beijing-based company Ninebot has announced that not only will it acquire rival Segway, but it has also scored $80 million in funding from investors including Xiaomi, Sequoia Capital, and Shunwei Foundation. Read More

  • There’s A New Segway And It Has Three Wheels

    There’s A New Segway And It Has Three Wheels

    Is a Segway still a Segway if it has three wheels? Meet the Segway SE-3 Patroller, a Segway with three wheels designed for mall cops everywhere. Read More

  • Me-Mover Step-Powered Stand-Up Bike Gets Funded On Kickstarter

    Me-Mover Step-Powered Stand-Up Bike Gets Funded On Kickstarter

    Move over Segway, there’s a new stand-up personal transporter in town. Or there will be come August when the first machines are scheduled to ship to Kickstarter backers. More than 200 users of the crowdfunding website have pledged funds to Me-Mover, a Danish project to rethink the bike as a stand-up exerciser on wheels. Read More

  • Slow-Motion Segway Joust Break

    Take one minute out of your life to watch these two grizzled warriors in a truly epic clash of the Segways. Yeah, I’d probably do that too if I won the lottery. The rainy bits were shot on a Phantom, by the way. I know how you guys love those. Read More

  • Segways Pretty Much Banned In UK

    Are Segways dangerous? Personally, it all depends on the driver; whether or not they’re skilled, intoxicated or texting can have a lot to do with the safety of said transporter. But that no longer matters for riders in the UK because just a few days ago a UK judge ruled the Segway unsafe for sidewalks. So where is the Woz supposed to ride? Read More

  • The Ewee-PT, A Budget German Segway

    People movers. What would we do without them? Walk, I suppose. Unfortunately, that’s not the best solution for some, whom age, injury, or circumstance have rendered less than ambulatory. For them, the Segway (or its peanut-esque cousin, Honda’s U3-X) may be a bonanza. Read More

  • Steadiseg: Finally, a use for a Segway I can get on board with

    You see a lot of Steadicam work in movies today, and while the best of it goes unnoticed (as good technical work should), it’s fun to know that behind every smooth shot is a skilled and often immensely strong camera operator with some serious apparatus to make things as steady as possible. But this application of a Segway to the noble art of Steadicamming might just save some camera… Read More

  • Videos: Mobile robot RODEM

    There’s certainly no shortage of so-called mobility robots, but major Japanese robot maker tmsuk‘s offering seems to be quite cool. In fact, the RODEM (short for “Robot De Enjoy Mobility”) is being pitched as a mix between robot, wheelchair and ultra-small vehicle (or “Universal Vehicle” [JP, PDF], in tmsuk’s marketing language). Read More

  • New video shows Honda's U3-X Personal Mobility Robot in its full prototype glory

    Remember the U3-X Mobility Robot from Honda we blogged about last year? Well, the auto-unicycle is still a prototype, but Honda has just released a new (and pretty interesting) promo video on its official YouTube channel. The company says the U3-X can run continuously for one hour on a single (lithium-ion) battery charge and can be recharged via a conventional 120-volt power outlet. Read More

  • DIY Segway skateboard. Yeah, you read that right: DIY

    I know of only one person who would be able to build this thing – my buddy Paul – but I would totally grab a beer and watch him solder everything together and then ride around on this thing like a little freak. Heck, if you try to build this, tell me and we’ll come by and film you riding it. Seriously. The instructions are pretty complex and you need quite a few parts… Read More

  • Segway Acquired By UK-Based Firm, CEO Out

    With no fanfare to speak of, Segway Inc, the company behind the gyroscope-powered, self balancing scooters, has been acquired by a UK-based firm. The news was first reported this morning by Mass High Tech, and has since been confirmed on Segway’s official blog. Segway has also confirmed that CEO James Norrod is no longer with the company. According to a forum post, the new CEO is… Read More

  • DIY balancing scooter will make you the envy of geeks everywhere

    I admit it: I would love to have a Segway. Yes, I realize they’re not really all that practical for everyday life in Columbus, OH. Yes, I realize they make you look like a total nerd. I’m prepared to reconcile both of those facts against what I perceive as the unadulterated fun of riding such a contraption. Unfortunately, I don’t have the cash to buy a Segway. If I had… Read More

  • Can't afford a Puma? Try the Legway

    I made my feelings on the Puma known— to both our listeners on the weekly podcast. This alternative to the multi-thousand-dollar fantasy weirdo-cycle relies only on your own two feet. Kind of like walking, which would be cheaper, but less awesome. Read More

  • Test Drive: Project PUMA [Update]

    Here’s a quick video I took on my BlackBerry of the PUMA in action. To recap – the PUMA is a two-wheeled Segway that can drive up to 35 miles on a single charge (35 cents per charge) and is capable of going up to 35MPH. Oh, I just overheard one of the higher ups say that PUMA will have a beefed up suspension to handle rough terrain like NYC’s pothole riddled streets. Check… Read More

  • Live Blog: GM's revolutionary event that we already know about

    Well, I’m at the IAC building on the West Side of Manhattan, but GM already announced Project PUMA and I feel stupid for having trekked all this way for it. 10:17 AM – And here we go. Read More

  • GM and Segway announce two-wheeled urban transport vehicle

    UPDATE: Check out our test drive… General Motors and Segway have teamed up on Project PUMA (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility), a two-wheeled city vehicle capable of reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour, and going 35 miles on a single charge at a cost of 35 cents per charge. Read More