Whether you’re walking, riding, or driving it is important to watch where you’re going.
We recommend all Segway Personal Transporter (PTs) users familiarise themselves with all of the information at www.segwaysafety.com.
Yesterday, Australian cameraman Joe Previtera was filming at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was gliding through the oval filming to live TV when he failed to see a cricket helmet that had been left on the ground. The turf tyre fitted to his customised Segway x2 hit and rode up over the helmet, spilling him on the ground (link includes video) – much to the amusement of the audience both at the MCG and worldwide watching on TV. The Segway PT was undamaged, the rider unhurt, but a part on the SteadyCam mount needed minor repairs. It is fair to say that, in the course of doing his job, he made the reasonable assumption that the oval would be free of obstacles and had all of his attention concentrated down the viewfinder. An experienced Segway PT rider can ride up and over a “bump” of this size as long as they see it coming. They anticipate how the PT will react and bend their knees and shift their weight accordingly.
Segway PTs are used in the television and movie industry as quick, convenient “camera dollies'” capable of capturing a wide variety of shots and angles no other single method can achieve. New Zealand cameraman Hamish McIntyre was one of the first in the world to develop a custom camera mount for a Segway PT. He purchased an e167 model in 2004 and built mounts for television and film cameras. He has used it on many films shot in New Zealand including Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Blue, Eagle vs Shark and River Queen.
In the photograph above you can see how Hamish constructed a custom seat/knee-grip fitting for his first-generation PT model. A number of other operators around the world have since implemented similar custom solutions, and there is at least one commercial business that sells modification kits.
Segway PTs for camera work at number of sporting events in New Zealand, including Golf and motor racing such as the A1GP. Spidercam purchased a Segway x2 from Segway NZ during the Rugby World Cup 2011.