Archive for April, 2014

New models: Camouflage is the new black for Segway x2 SE

Camouflage is the new black.

But you can still get the new Segway x2 SE in the old black as well….

Segway x2 SE with Camouflage

Segway x2 SE with Camouflage

 

Both the new Segway x2 SE and the i2 SE models are available in camouflage. Using a sophisticated, laser robotics process, the patented Breakup Infinity pattern developed by US company Mossy Oak is applied to fenders, console and LeanSteer Frame.

We think this new camouflage pattern is going to be popular with anyone starting up a Segway Eco Tour, with rural recreational users, certain Patrol roles, and those just looking for something a bit different who want to stand out from the crowd (or to blend in, as the case may be).

Because the Segway x2 SE is specifically tuned to navigate off-road terrain including grass, gravel, sand and rocky trails, it is fun for everyone as well as being a way for those individuals who are less able to reach further and deeper into the natural environment with zero emissions and a very low impact on the surface (ground pressure is very much lighter per square centimetre than a foot or a tramping boot).

“These new PT SE models maintain Segway’s tradition of superior design in the personal transportation market,” said Mark Vena, Chief Marketing Officer, Segway Inc. “Combine the style of Mossy Oak’s Break-Up Infinity camo pattern with the improved utility of our new SegSolution offerings and Segway PTs will appeal to an even broader customer base.”

SegSolutions are accessory-based packages designed to Segway’s high standards for quality, safety and durability. The Segway x2 SE offers SegSolutions that appeal to outdoors enthusiasts:

  • Turf Solution – Low pressure tires glide gently over a wide variety of terrain and ensure a comfortable ride, yet still provide the traction needed to easily navigate hills and off-road landscapes.
  • Adventure Solution – The PT’s virtually silent motor and Break-Up Infinity camouflage allows nature lovers to discreetly explore. Its quick release storage system offers convenient loading/unloading of whatever you’d like to bring along on your adventure.
  • Silent Hunter Solution – This solution meets the sportsman’s need to discreetly plot a route to their hunting destination and features a quick-release storage system for easy loading/unloading and practically transports basic hunting equipment.

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Electric transport comes to Auckland (again)

A century after the first wave of electric cars and trams rolled along the streets of New Zealand, then receded, a new wave is rolling in. Tomorrow, Auckland’s first electric trains will start running on the Onehunga line.

Fifty seven electric trains will replace the diesel locomotives that have propelled Auckland’s commuter rail system since the end of the Age of Steam.

But it was one hundred years earlier that the world’s first coast-to-coast electric public transport system sparked into life in Auckland city.

The Auckland Electric Tramway ran from the CBD to Onehunga, and connecting the Pacific ocean’s waters in the Waitemata Harbour to Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea.. Starting with forty three electric trams, this ‘light rail’ service ran for half a century.

In the 1950s Auckland’s once extensive tram system was dismantled and replaced by electric trolleybuses and diesel buses, and investment went into building a motorway system.

Electric trams on Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand in 1919

Electric trams on Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand in 1919

In the early days of the automobile, electricity once vied with petrol to be the chosen power source. Energy dense hydrocarbons won the day over heavy lead-acid batteries, but for a decade or two electric “horseless carriages” could be seen travelling the streets alongside the electric trams in cities like Auckland and Christchurch. During February 2014 some beautifully restored examples of these early battery powered cars were put on display in the “pop up” district of the slowly recovering CBD of earthquake-ravaged Christchurch:

(Left) 1903 Lems Electric car. (Middle) Dashboard Volt meter and Ammeter. (Right) 1904 Baker Electric Carriage that has a 40 km/h top speed and driving time of 2 hours

Left – 1903 Lems Electric carriage. Middle – a dashboard Volt meter and Ammeter. Right – 1904 Baker Electric Carriage that has a 40 km/h top speed and driving time of 2 hours (Thomas Edison owned one of these). Photos taken by Philip Bendall in Christchurch, February 2014.

Fast-forward 100 years and the electric car is making a comeback, with hyrbids such as the Prius leading the way at the end of last century. The first right-hand-drive editions of Lithium-battery-packed Tesla Model S are due to reach New Zealand later this year. The Model S is the “family sports saloon” successor to the pioneering Tesla Roadster electric sports car. Philip Bendall was fortunate enough to sit in a development version of this incredible little sports car in 2008 when he visited the Tesla factory in California.

New Zealanders have been early adopters of another electric, zero-emission vehicle as well – the Segway Personal Transporter (PT). This 21st century creation has become popular amongst commuters, mobility users, security companies and public safety workers, delivery companies, and for Segway Tours. In May 2010 we wrote:

“Despite a world recession and difficult trading conditions between mid 2008 through to the end of 2009…our country remain[ed] the regional leader in Segway PT ownership per capita. At about 1 PT per 16,000 people NZ ranks close to the highest in the world, even before normalising for GDP.”

One could say that New Zealand’s fascination with all things electric began when the South Island town of Reefton switched on electric street lighting in August 1888. With the flick of a switch Reefton became the first town in the Southern Hemisphere have this luxury – beating even the fashionable streets of New York and London.

Fifty years ago, futurist Bernard Roundhill predicted an Auckland in the year 2000 with electric overhead ‘aerial tramways.’ Instead, we’ve only just getting electric trains at ground level.

We haven’t got flying cars either…but at least we’ve got Segway PTs for ‘last mile’ journeys and convenient, agile personal inner city transportation.

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Dylan uses Segway PT to overcome Muscular Dystrophy mobility impairment

Dylan Schneider is one of about two dozen school-aged Kiwis who use Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) to overcome mobility impediments in the classroom, around school grounds, and to travel independently between home and school.

According to an feature in East & Bays Courier (Fairfax), his Segway PT “makes life with muscular dystrophy much easier.”

The article goes on to say:

Pupils at Michael Park School know Dylan and his futuristic form of transport well. They’re not usually allowed to have a turn, but last Friday was special.

The school held a ‘Wheels Day’ to raise money for Muscular Dystrohpy NZ and the children brought their skateboards, bikes and scooters. There were two extra Segways so that everyone could have a go. A course was set up on the school field so the kids could go zip around the cones. Dylan kicked things off by showing the others how it’s done.

His teacher of three years, Fatemeh Abdollahi, has noticed a change in Dylan since he got his Segway.

“He has more confidence and is more active,” she says.

To purchase the Segway PT for their son, Dylan’s family applied to a number of trusts with the assistance of CCS Disability Action. Three trusts contributed a total of $7,000 towards the $8,000 purchase price of a second-hand, reconditioned Segway XT model with off-road tyres, new Lithium batteries and 12 month warranty.

East & Bays Courier reported on how walking the dog with his family is one of Dylan’s favourite pastimes. While muscular dystrophy is a degenerative condition, with his Segway PT walking the dog is something he can once again enjoy doing.

“Now he can conserve his energy on the Segway and expend it when he gets to his destination,” his father Michael Schneider says. “It offers the ability to join in with his friends and family and getting around without restriction because he gets so tired easily.

“The family went to Bethells Beach with off-road tyres on the Segway and went for an hour and a half walk. It was fantastic.

To find out about Muscular Dystrophy visit mda.org.nz

Photos: Dylan Schneider on his Segway XT and the pupils of Michael Park School, Auckland (c) Fairfax, reprinted from East & Bays Courier

(left) Dylan Schneider on his Segway XT. (right) “Wheel Day” with the pupils of Michael Park School, Auckland. Photos (c) Fairfax, reprinted from East & Bays Courier

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Dean Kamen’s Slingshot aims to hit fresh water bullseye

A new documentary called “Slingshot” follows inventor Dean Karmen and his innovative approach to the planet’s water crisis. Karmen is most famous for inventing the Segway Personal Transporter.

Slingshot is the name of a portable water purification machine. It can be powered from Kamen’s other invention – a development of the Sterling cycle engine which generates electricity from any fuel or heat source (learn more about it in a previous article). Karmen’s goal with Slingshot is to build a system that can be easily implemented into small villages in undeveloped countries. The device will process highly contaminated water of any quality (or dirtiness) into pure, potable drinking water.

According to an interview at KSHB Kansas City, Kamen says: “About 50 percent of all human disease on this planet today is a result of water pathogens. Bad water is responsible for 2 million deaths per year and almost all of them are kids under 5 years old.”

Watch the 3 minute trailer here.

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A whole army of Segway PTs at the ready

The Nashville Business Journal reports today on how well Segway, Inc. is doing under new ownership.

The company recently launched new i2 SE and x2 SE model Personal Transporters (PTs), has a new three-wheeled device poised for release before June, and has plans to launch an array of additional products:

One year after Brentwood-based  Summit Strategic Investments acquired motorized scooter company Segway Inc., things are rolling right along as planned, according to Summit CEO Roger Brown.

At the time of the purchase, Brown said he expected to be able to “triple or quadruple the sales of this company with very little effort.”

Looking back last week on the first year, Brown said, “I can say that we have hit our budget or exceeded it.”

Before buying the company, Brown said, he didn’t fully realize the reach of Segway’s tours, which touch about 6 million people per year, what he called “a staggering number.”

“It’s just been unbelievable,” Brown said of the brand’s recognition and traction in the market place. Looking forward, the company wants to launch an array of additional products, including battery-powered scooters and bicycles.

The company remains based in Bedford, New Hamsphire, where the Segway PT was developed in secret at DEKA Research & Development Corporatio. Inventor Dean Kamen revealed the Segway PT to a curious world at the end of 2001 live on USA Today (a popular, nationwide morning television program). Sales to corporations began in mid-2002 and sales to consumers and businesses in March 2003.

Here’s a great photo of what can only be described as a whole army of the original Segway i167 model, all lined up and ready to ship to a waiting world.

An army of Segway i167s

An army of Segway i167s

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New models: Logistics solutions for businesses, warehouses, worksites

Time is money and the Segway PT saves your business both. Since 2004 New Zealand businesses have been rapid adopters of Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) to improve productivity. Why not think about how to put the Segway PT to work in your business?

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On Segway PTs personnel are empowered to move more intelligently, bringing benefits to workplace efficiency. The carrying capacity of our Commercial Cargo solutions enable individuals to transport more equipment, tools and goods than they can carry on foot. From security guards in shopping malls to ‘pickers’ in warehouses, from inspections and deliveries to worksites (both indoors and out), there are Segway PT models that can be fitted out and individualised to suit your role.

Here are some long-established New Zealand examples where Segway PTs play mission-critical roles very day:

  • forestry worksites such as Able Tasman Forestry Services
  • factories like DB Breweries (Auckland) and Coca-Cola (Auckland)
  • warehouses like DME Medical Equipment (Auckland)
  • manufacturers like Prometal Industries (Christchurch)
  • commercial sites like Kutwell Fabrics (Christchurch)
  • shopping malls like The Base (Hamilton) and Sylvia Park (Auckland)
  • mail delivery at Auckland Hospital and Canterbury University
  • maintenance staff (along with all their tools) at institutions like Forest Hill School
  • senior management staff at Otago Polytechnic get to meetings on time, to all points around the campus
  • enterprises like Heart of the City get around the Auckland CBD
  • film and television production is more efficient at Wingnut Films and Broadcast Arts (Steadicam)
  • Kiwifruit orchards, dairy and sheep farms throughout New Zealand

The new Segway i2 SE and x2 SE models offer more options than ever before to expand the role of Segway PTs into more areas of your business.

Segway i2 SE Logistics configurations

Segway i2 SE Logistics configurations

The new i2 Logistics package offers the choice of waterproof side cases or open cargo bins. Mount a tablet or smartphone on the handlebar, facing the rider with all your Apps ready to use. Select the new POWER Front Case for flashing amber lights, horn, and twin powered USB ports to run or recharge accessories.

Manage people, facilites and supplies....and your mobility.

Manage people, facilites and supplies….now manage your mobility on a Segway PT

Segway PTs are reliable and robust. Across New Zealand there are Segway PTs first purchased in 2004 still working hard for their bosses every day. Contact Segway New Zealand today for an on-site demonstration of the ways the Segway PT can start work at your business.

Cargo solutions on previous models (left to right): e167 (2002-2006), i2 Commercial Cargo, x2, x2 Commercial Cargo (2007-2013)

Cargo solutions on previous models (left to right): e167 (2002-06), i2 Commercial Cargo, x2, x2 Commercial Cargo (2007-13)

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