‘Timmy Failure’ is 11 years old and solves crimes on a Segway PT

Best-selling children’s book ‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’ features a Segway Personal Transporter (PT) with a key role to play throughout. Many times we’ve heard both parents and kids mention this book to us here at Segway New Zealand. So it was quite fortuitous when we discovered Santa had slipped a copy into our Christmas Stocking…


Here’s what the dust jacket has to say:

Take eleven-year-old Timmy Failure – the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile – Timmy’s mom’s Segway – and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother won’t have to stress out about the bills anymore.

Of course, Timmy’s plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesn’t include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into “Stanfurd” that he can t carry out a no-brain spy mission.

We’re enjoying reading this book which, a bit like TV’s The Simpsons, is packed with an additional level of sly, clever humour that only parents will pick up on as the rollocking tale captivates a younger audience.

According to his publisher, author Stephan Pastis as created “….an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humour, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further – or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment – making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.”


Check out the Timmy Failure website and find out about all 5 books in the series to date.

DJI drone meets Segway miniPRO (video)

Stephen Patience is a photographer, and a long-time fan of the Segway Personal Transporter. For him, Segway ownership began many years ago with a red HT i180.

Stephen combines his passions whenever he uses Segway products to transport himself and his photographic equipment from place to place, or when he films while gliding silently along.

For example, his incredible time-lapse video WELLINGTON Alive & Vibrant was featured in an article by Stuff, which we link to our related story Time-lapse Wellington filmed using Segway PT.

Last year, Stephen was one of the very first Kiwis to own a Segway miniPRO. When he received it in April 2016 he couldn’t wait to try out various creative concepts he’d been imagining. Here’s a link to a short video that features Stephen, his miniPRO and his DJI drone.



Loomo, a Segway Robot this way rolls

Segway Robotics has announced exciting new developments at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, USA this week.


First unveiled a year ago at CES as a prototype robot based upon a Segway miniPRO platform, this latest ‘alpha release’ development of the Segway Robot is called Loomo (learn more and watch a video here).

Conceived as an ‘open platform’ to encourage wide adoption and the development of a multitude of uses, Loomo comes with a software development kit (SDK) and features built-in voice recognition (English and Chinese), loudspeakers and a hardware expansion bay.


Out of thousands of applicants, Segway Robotics has carefully chosen four initial development partners to whom Loomo is already shipping:

  • BMW (autonomous driving)
  • Intel (who’s RealSense gives Loomo its 3D vision and depth perception)
  • MIT Smart Centre (medical and elderly care)
  • Stibo Accelerator (enterprise, consumer and retail applications).

In this excerpt from an article that appears in Robotics Tomorrow, a Segway Robotics spokesperson says:

“We believe the source of intelligence is innovation, and this robot is designed to be creative and innovative” said Sarah Zhang, Business Lead & Head Developer of Partnerships of Segway Robotics. “The idea of combining a personal transporter with a personal robot that will change people’s lives is what we set out to do with this project, and we are thrilled to partner with some of the world’s leading technology organizations to create a powerful computer that you can engage with in an unprecedented, three dimensional way.”


When Loomo becomes widely available later this year the Segway Robot will offer a wide range of users – from researchers to businesses to home hobbyists – the opportunity to own, experiment with and actually deploy a capable, flexible, useful robot in ways we can’t yet even imagine.

Perhaps in anticipation of robots becoming more common, IEEE’s Spectrum is featuring this fascinating video and transcript of an interview with a group of experts who are attempting to model moral behaviour, so it can be programmed into the robots we build to roll amongst us.

Segway at CES 2017, Las Vegas, USA.

Out with the old and in with the new

As 2016 ends and 2017 begins…

Making history (March 2016): Segway miniPRO and Personal Transporter riders were some of the users on “Lightpath 100K Milestone Day.” This was the day the 100,000th person used Auckland’s recently opened shared path that encircles the CBD.

…here’s another quote from Henry Ford:

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one — and enjoy with his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in…great open spaces.”

What Ford did for family transportation, Segway are doing for personal transportation. And while you can’t fit your entire family onto just one Segway miniPRO, this awesome little personal transporter is inexpensive enough for everyone can have one each. You don’t even need to be making a good salary to afford a Segway miniPRO.

Summer in New Zealand is the perfect time of year to enjoy hours of pleasure in our great open spaces. For example, you could ride your Segway miniPRO to the top of one volcano or another, play a bit of miniPRO Polo on the front lawn on a sunny Sunday afternoon, or challenge your family, friends or workmates to slalom games indoors, or out…

Corporate ‘team building’ events and group/family fun day activities on Segway miniPROs

Just think of the places you could go. Head out on an excursion, and find adventure a little off the paved path…

Dirt tracks, stoney trails, grass or clay or wood chips (and look – you can even go fetch a barrow filled with firewood in half the usual time). Of course, if you really want to go cross-terrain you’ll want a full-sized Segway x2 SE.

Cruise into the all-electric future, or put on your best Steam Punk gear and hang out with the pioneers of personal mobility from a century or two ago….and ponder the difference 100 years makes (or the irony of how the more it changes, the more it stays the same).

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The latest technologies, a century apart.

Take the Segway miniPRO with you wherever you go. We like to call it “the EV that fits inside an EV.”

The Segway miniPRO is the perfect size to put in the back seat of the ute (or, the pickup truck, as they say in America). Drop one into the front of a Tesla Model S, or jiggle two into the back of a Porsche Boxster.

Have you ever had this much fun in the back of a ute*? One in under the bonnet** or a couple in the boot*** (if you live in America, we’re talking about *a pickup truck, the **hood, and the ***trunk).

When Dean Kamen and his team invented the Segway Personal Transporter 15 years ago they envisaged a future filled with a wide range of self-balancing designs and implementations to meet all kinds of needs.

That future is here today.

Call 0800 2 SEGWAY or contact us about our sharp new January 2017 deal on the Segway miniPRO. In stock now – get yours today in Black or in White.

FROM LEFT: photo from TIME Magazine’s 2001 launch story about the Segway PT entitled “Reinventing the Wheel” (that’s Dean Kamen on the Segway p133 in the background); a photo snapped outside Christchurch Library in 2016 – that day people commuted on a Segway i2, a miniPRO and a couple of kick-scooters; an example of how the miniPRO is making life easier for someone from Hamilton; the Ninebot by Segway ONE S1 electric unicycle (available in New Zealand from Q2 2017).

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