It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Jimi Heselden OBE, has died in a tragic accident near his home in West Yorkshire. Jimi Heselden, 62, was Chairman of Hesco Bastion Ltd, the world leading manufacturer of protective barriers and owner of Segway Inc. Jimi is perhaps best known for his charity work with Help for Heroes and the Leeds Community Foundation. A £10m gift to the Foundation earlier this month saw his lifetime charitable donations top £23m. Our thoughts go out to his family and many friends, who have asked for privacy at this time.
Segway New Zealand has no further information at this point, and directs all questions and media inquiries to Matthew Dailida (email@example.com) at Segway, Inc.
Philip Bendall, Managing Director of Segway New Zealand, had the opportunity to ride the Yike Bike and walk in the REX exoskeleton. The Yike Bike is the first ‘mini-farthing’ format electric (but pedal-less) bike designed for easy urban commuting. It is lightweight and folds down for carrying, and went into production last week. Like the Segway PT, it features Lithium batteries, regenerative braking and anti-skid traction control which combine to offer a very practical and safe 21st century solution for short-distance and last-mile travel.
Rex is an exoskeleton designed to enable persons with spinal injuries who have lost the ability to stand and walk altogether to walk again. With the human strapped in, Rex not only walks autonomously but can climb stairs and transition between sitting and standing. Mobility impaired persons who can stand have adopted the Segway PT in large numbers, and now REX offers the same “standing” benefits to those who cannot stand at all: improved health (stronger muscles and bones, better respiratory, circulatory, and digestive system action), and the life-changing “look-the-world-in-the-eye” experience and capability to move through the world.
Click here to read about Philip’s flight in the Martin Jetpack at MORGO 2009.