Archive for July, 2012

Ken Block’s Gymkhana 4: The Hollywood Megamercial (or The Gorilla vs the Segway PT)

On the morning of SpeedShow we bring you Ken Block’s Gymkhana 4.

All of it is awesome, but the bit you really want to see is 3:00 to 3:15….

Primates of all kinds love the jet pack feature built into every new Segway PT

Then be sure to watch a previous Ken Block vs Segway PT video via the link in our earlier news story where Philip Bendall plays the gorilla to a bad-ass Holden V8 ute at Big Boys Toys 2011.

Just another day at the office

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See us at SpeedShow – tomorrow and Sunday

Come see our biggest and best line-up yet at CRC SpeedShow 2012 (Auckland Showgrounds, Saturday 9-6pm & Sunday, 9-5pm, $20 at the gate, we are site 5). Find us near the site of main sponsor CRC. Visit us and enjoy the hands-on thrill of riding a Segway i2 and x2 for the first time. Plus, check out the Segway Patroller and Golf models. Take away our Case Studies on every topic from commercial applications to personal mobility.

The New Zealand Herald dedicated most of its front page today to a stunning photo of the Go Fast Jet Pack in action over Auckland Harbour. At SpeedShow you’ll get to see Jet Pack pilot Nick Macomber fly around the outdoor arena at 1pm each day.

There is so much to see at SpeedShow this year – including YikeBike on display for the first time at an Auckland show, along with the SoloWheel plus find out advanced info about SpnKiX – fun, powerful boots with wheels – just strap to your shoes and off you go!

Segway NZ at Site 5, Hall 3 during setup today at CRC SpeedShow 2012 (ASB Showgrounds)

You’ll also see show organiser Keith Sharp riding around on a Segway PT. For the last 5 years Keith has used a Segway PT during show set-up, on show days, and during break-down. “It really saves my legs,” he says. “Before I started using a Segway PT for events I’d be exhausted even before the show started.”

This year, Keith will be on our classic Segway e167 model (2002-2006)  – one of only four in New Zealand.  This was the model that would stand self-balancing in place by itself from the moment the rider dismounted, obediently awaiting their return and the opportunity to spring into action again – ideal for warehouses, deliveries, showing off to your mates, and event management of course!

Plus, best of all – come say Hi to our awesome Segway Girls.

Lisa and Elayna at Segway New Zealand’s stand at CRC SpeedShow 2012

UPDATE: 10 August 2012 – CRC SpeedShow reports a record number of visitors through the gate on the Saturday this year, while wet weather reduced numbers on Sunday. A total of 25,000 people visited this sixth annual show, up almost 10% on 2011.

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Airbag “invisible helmet” for cyclists…..and Segway PT riders?

There is an innovative new option for cyclists that may appeal to some Segway Personal Transporter (PT) owners.

The Hovding Invisible Bicycle Helmet is a self-inflating hood that creates a self-inflating, protective airbag”helmet” the instant it is needed. Until then, it is worn loosely around the neck, and is available in a variety of styles.

There in an instant but only when you need it.

Not only have independent tests shown that if offers three-fold better protection compared with a traditional polymer-filled hard bike helmet, it also prevents mucking up the rider’s hair-style….which is important, because this is one of the most-quoted reasons the public resist wearing helmets. The other is the limited and conflicting scientific evidence supporting the benefits of wearing a helmet for falls from a bike or horse while at rest or travelling less than about 15 kph.

We think this is a product that may be of great interest to Segway PT owners. You can read an interview with the inventors here.

UPDATE 17 August 2013: here is a tv news video about the Hovding from http://www.stuff.co.nz

Segway, Inc. says that the use of a skateboard or snowboard type helmet can offer protection from head injury in the event of a fall from a Segway PT. They also note that bike helmets do not offer protection to the lower scull or back-of-the-neck/upper spine, as they are designed for the types of incidents most likely to be encountered by bicycle riders).

One of Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s many patented inventions is an airbag for a personal transporter or iBot styled wheelchair that protects the rider in the event of a fall.

The collar is available in a variety of fashion and season styles (including faux fur for winter).

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California Burrito opens Queen St store with deliveries by Segway PT

California Burrito has opened it’s third store in Auckland – on Queen Street – offering door-to-door fast food delivery by Segway Personal Transporter (PT). Only the Segway PT can offer this kind of quick, efficient, zero-emission inner-city transport with a record of proven reliability and real-world effectiveness.

The company’s Commerce Street store opened in October last year and has been using a Segway PT for deliveries from day one. Their second store opened in May 2012 at Albany.

The Segway PT is proving to be the ideal delivery vehicle for fast food in Auckland’s CBD. Businesses can lease or buy a new Segway i2 from about $10+GST per day.

The Segway PT is the fast fast-food delivery vehicle of choice at California Burritos stores around Auckland.

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The evolution of the Segway PT

Evolution of the Segway PT

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