We took the Segway family to the beach

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The other day we took the whole family to the beach.

Take a look – they are all here, enjoying a sunny winter’s day on the lawn of the Copthorne Resort at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.

If you look carefully you will see some new children gathered around Mum and Dad (they’d be the full-sized Segway i2 SE and x2 SE standing at the back).

Standing on the left is the new Segway KickScooter that we launched two weeks ago. Next up is a Segway miniPRO (black), who you may have met before.

Now look even more closely – in front-middle is the brand new Segway miniPLUS (white), while on the far right is the brand new Segway miniLITE (white). These are the first two examples to be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. The new mini models were revealed and launched at a Segway event in Seoul, South Korea only one day before we took this photo.

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The Segway miniPLUS brings great new features such as “follow me” and a wireless remote control. It is larger than the miniPRO and is more powerful, too. The wheels are bigger and wider for better grip and a smoother ride, the platform is wider and deeper for comfort, and the optional 3-axis gyro-stabilised transmitting camera (1080p) turns the miniPLUS into a programmable, route-tracing or remote controlled drone! Picnic selfies will never be the same again.

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Store the optional Camera in the “trunk” (shown here with cover removed; alternatively it can store the remote control). Attach it to the top and your miniPLUS becomes your remote controlled broadcasting drone.

The Segway miniLITE is ideal kids. It is designed to be safe and fun for 6 year olds on through into teenage years. While not as fast or powerful as the miniPRO and miniPLUS, you can be sure the miniLITE has been and built to be Segway-strong, Segway-safe and Segway-fun!

We’ll have more details on the new models soon.

You can pre-order now 0800 2 SEGWAY and be one of the first in the world to take delivery in October 2017.

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New Segway products roll into MORGO 2017

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This week three new Segway products will make their New Zealand debut at Kiwi Venture Capitalist Jenny Morell’s MORGO.

MORGO 2017 is being held in the Bay of Islands between 30 August to 1 September. Two innovative new Segway products and the new Segway KickScooter we announced last week will join the classic lineup of Segway Personal Transporters (i2 SE, x2 SE, x2 Golf) and Segway miniPROs.

MORGO attendees will be first in New Zealand to see and ride these latest products. In fact, they will be some of the first in the world. Segway New Zealand has been debuting new Segway products and Segway-based innovations at MORGO since 2007.

MORGO is the annual private conference where around 100 of New Zealand’s top technology entrepreneurs are invited to attend. The focus is on individuals who are busy building high-growth, export orientated technology businesses.

Search the Segway NZ News archives for previous stories about our Segway adventures with other great products featured at past MORGOs, including the Martin Jet Pack, Yike Bike and the Rex Bionics Exo-Skeleton.

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For hire: Hands-free/Steadicam-ready Segway PT for film, TV and commercial video production

Segway New Zealand has a Hands-free/Steadicam-ready Segway Personal Transporter for hire. This knee-steer combination is specially configured for film, television and commercial video production.

 

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We also hire the complete Hands-free/Steadicam-ready kit separately. This can be attached to any Segway i2/x2 model in 2 minutes. We hire and ship this unit nationwide and overseas.

This is a beautifully finished Hands-free kit designed and perfected by professional cameraman Geoff Andrews of Moving Media from Hamilton (see our 2014 post Moving Media fine-tunes hands-free Steadicam kit). In addition to providing comfortable, adjustable knee-steer operation, special features include a seat to rest on between takes, a sliding mass on a horizontal rod to trim self-balancing for different loadings, and a powerful front headlight.

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Hands-free/Steadicam-ready knee-steer kit. Normally fitted to a Segway x2 with Turf ballon tyres, but can be fitted to a Segway i2 with standard tyres for use in tight spaces or indoors.

As we wrote about here in 2013, Segway PTs have been used as “camera dolly” platforms since 2004. One of the world’s pioneers in this field was of this application was Wellington’s Hamish McIntyre (using a Segway e167 model). He used it on NZ feature films including Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Chronicles of Narnia, Eagle vs Shark and River Queen.

Sports cameramen Rhys Duncan (Broadcast Arts Video Unit, Auckland), James Staunton (Sky TV Sport, Auckland) and camerawoman Rebecca (Bex) Wilson-Jennings (SteadiBex Steadicam, Wellington) are often seen racing up and down the sidelines of televised sporting events throughout New Zealand (see Rugby: Segway was the winner on the day). James recently traded in his well-worn Segway x2 on the latest x2 SE model.

Rhys Duncan has travelled the world with his hands-free Segway PT to film many international sporting events, including the Olympic Games in Rio last year. Here is a great photo of Rhys taken at that event in Brazil.

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“Big Foot” Snow-Segway

It is winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, and popular ski destinations such as Queenstown are packed with snow, snowboarders and skiers.

Sometimes people ask us if Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) can be used in the snow. The answer is “Of course!”

Some places even offer Segway Tours in the snow. One example is Explore Niseko at Hirafu Village (Japan). ere is a grea photo from their website, showing a pair of explorers on Segway x2 models:

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Outside of winter, Segway Tours and activities can be found operating during summer months at many ski resorts, often operate in combination with activities such as zip lining.

Here in New Zealand there are no ‘Segway Snow Tours’ per se, but Queenstown’s Segway On Q operates all year round. Snow falls in Queenstown so winter tourists often get to enjoy a journey through snow – and over frosty ice. Segway On Q fits special ‘snow tyres’ to their fleet of Segway i2 SE and i2 models during these winter months. The tread pattern of these tyres provides considerable extra grip, even though they are the same size as regular Segway i2SE tyres. You can see a video of proprietor Kevin Hey testing out these tyres in 10cm of new powder on the Segway On Q Facebook page here (2011), and on the local ice rink here (2013). We also wrote about this in our article Queenstown (snow and ice), National Field Days (mud?) and SpeedShow (tarmac) in 2013, and included some great photos and further links. While people often expect the big wheeled (big-footed?) Segway x2SE models to cope well with snow, they are often surprised to see just how well an “appropriately shod” Segway i2SE can do.

We’ve just found this photo from France showing something we’ve never seen before – Segway x2 models fitted with snow chains.

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Our website www.segway.co.nz is temporarily down

Segway New Zealand’s website http://www.segway.co.nz is currently down, and is likely to be unavailable for several days.

In the meantime, you can order Segway products by calling 0800 2 SEGWAY or emailing us at segwaynz@icloud.com

  • Segway miniPRO: $1,595
  • Segway i2 SE: $12,995
  • Segway i2 SE Patroller: $13,995
  • Segway x2 SE: $13,995
  • Segway x2 SE Turf: $13,995
  • Segway x2 SE Golf: $14,495
  • Segway x2 SE Patroller: $14,995
  • Accessories include Front Bags, side Cargo Cases and Bins, lightweight folding Ramps, the Universal Accessory Mount for the Handlebar (for holding a phone, tablet. clipboard, etc), and more.

All prices include GST. Every Segway Personal Transporter (PT) includes a comprehensive 12 month warranty. Segway New Zealand provides complete, factory-level servicing at our Auckland office.

Our ‘Segway Challenge’ team building/group entertainment/’break out’ session activities are a great way to entertain, and can be tailored to any 30 to 90 minutes period. We bring our Segway PTs to your venue, and can operate indoors or out. Segway miniPRO Polo is our newest creation, and offers thrills and fun for all ages.

Segway PTs are available to hire for Brand Experience/Promotions, for film and television use (including props, on-set, and Steadicam-ready), and for productivity, security and public safety roles at large events.

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NZ gets first KickScooter in Southern Hemisphere

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Yesterday afternoon we received and rolled out the very first Segway KickScooter in the Southern Hemisphere (we were also first to debut the Segway miniPRO last year).

Take a first full look at the ES2 model we’ve just unfolded…

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Ninebot by Segway ES2 model KickScooter, with kickstand deployed.

Now check out some our favourite features...

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Digital Dashboard flanked by the Electronic Brake paddle (left) and Accelerator paddle (right); Front-driven wheel with suspension, and the one-push lever to fold the scooter in half; Rear wheel has a mechanical foot brake, flanked by dual red LED lights on each side (and a red reflector on the back, too); Rider platform surface is coated with an anti-slip material.

Smooth, clean lines dominate the industrial design.

There are no external cables or wires to get snagged. The main battery is hidden inside the column. An optional extra pack can be attached to this tube to provide almost double the range (should you want to travel some mad miles between recharges).

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And that was all the time we had to snap photos before the sun went down. But there is always another day tomorrow!

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Handlebar with a bright front headlight built into the column.

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Super-smart new KickScooter by Segway

Today Segway New Zealand announces a brand new, super-smart, high-tech KickScooter. Whether you like your wheels side-by-side or front ‘n’ back Segway has got the ride for you.

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As you’d expect from Segway, great care has been taken over the smallest details so your comfort and safety can be guaranteed.

  • Simply push-off and enjoy effortless travelling
  • Convenient electronic cruise control
  • Front and rear shock absorbers for a comfortable ride
  • Anti-lock electrical brake with eco-friendly energy recovery (regenerative braking), plus a mechanical rear brake combine for safe braking distance
  • Just 12.5kg (lightweight aircraft grade aluminium alloy construction)
  • One-push folding system so you can fold it in half in no time at all, and carry it wherever you want to go
  • Built-in white Front light, red Rear light, and customisable undercarriage ‘atmosphere’ lighting
  • Sport, Standard and Speed-limited (Beginner) power modes
  • LCD digital dashboard display (speed, battery level, power mode, Bluetooth)
  • Phone App for device information and extra features (including anti-theft lock)
  • Beautifully sleek and clean design (no untidy external cables to snag)
  • Batteries are hidden inside the handlebar and provide ~25km range*
  • Attach an optional Extra Battery Pack to extend range to ~40km*

* these are typical real-work ranges, obtained from data collected with 75kg rider,  travelling at an average of 60% full speed, on pavement, on a 25 degree day.

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Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2 model: (i) sleek design packed with built-in features, (ii) clever one-push fold & carry, (iii) add an optional extra battery pack to increase range.

Come see the Ninebot by Segway ES2 Kickscooter from today in Auckland

Our first sample of the Ninebot by Segway KickScooter ES2 model has arrived at our Auckland office, so come take a look – and put it through its paces.

We’ll be formally launching the KickScooter ES2 for sale in New Zealand soon, but you can place your pre-order today by calling 0800 2 SEGWAY.

You can find more information and product specifications about the Segway KickScooter ES1 and ES2 models on this page of the Segway EU website.

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