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The Segway is back with 4 wheels
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Oct 12, 2004, 04:29 PM
 
This thing is sweet...watch the video...very cool

http://origin.www.segway.com/centaur/
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Oct 12, 2004, 04:39 PM
 
The two wheel version was a big hit...NOT!

Why four?
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 04:44 PM
 
seems stupid to me. *shrugs* and its always tough to tell if the riders have good balance or if the thing actually works. moving your feet to do different stuff? pfft.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 04:45 PM
 
It'd be great if it cost 50 bucks.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 04:59 PM
 
Originally posted by Agasthya:
It'd be great if it cost 50 bucks.
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Oct 12, 2004, 05:14 PM
 
Looks like fun to me.

20 mph is not enough thoug

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Oct 12, 2004, 05:40 PM
 
Yea, this one will definitely succeed.

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Oct 12, 2004, 05:43 PM
 
an electric ATV? It's probably really overpriced. The orginial Segway is a @#%!!#^ joke.
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Oct 12, 2004, 05:52 PM
 
Originally posted by Atomic Rooster:
The two wheel version was a big hit...NOT!

Why four?
To replace short distance travel in cars without looking idiotic. And because George Bush fell off the two-wheeled one.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 05:53 PM
 
yeah, 20 mph is deff. not enough, if it went a solid 55, then it would be cool, 55 on 2 wheels is good stuff. Then again 125 on a bike is even better.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 05:58 PM
 
Looks a lot cooler then a regular Segway, but I can do all of that on my mountain bike and its a lot cheaper and better for my health.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 06:32 PM
 
Who wants to bet that it'll cost more than $5k?

No thanks.
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Oct 12, 2004, 06:56 PM
 
Smooth wheels == no traction, how stupid is that. They show it as if you're going to take it out in the woods...

I guess it would work for people in urban areas who need to get around but can't bike? I dunno. Waste of money. It's a concept right now so they can gauge people's reactions, I bet.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 07:29 PM
 
Give it a few more years and it should sell. Baby boomers are getting old...they'll want something cool (ie. cooler than a wheel chair) to travel in.
     
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Oct 12, 2004, 07:53 PM
 
It looks like a four wheel bicycle .

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Oct 12, 2004, 08:36 PM
 
Originally posted by Rain:
Give it a few more years and it should sell. Baby boomers are getting old...they'll want something cool (ie. cooler than a wheel chair) to travel in.
havent you been watching television? Cool hip old ladies travel in style .. they travel in "Rascals" .. those little scooter cart thingies

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Oct 12, 2004, 08:45 PM
 
Originally posted by Lancer409:
havent you been watching television? Cool hip old ladies travel in style .. they travel in "Rascals" .. those little scooter cart thingies
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Oct 12, 2004, 10:24 PM
 
I don't understand:

It's not street legal.... but yet you can't drive it on sidewalks.

WTF is it good for?

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Oct 12, 2004, 10:28 PM
 
Originally posted by banninated68:
I don't understand:

It's not street legal.... but yet you can't drive it on sidewalks.

WTF is it good for?

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Oct 12, 2004, 10:29 PM
 
This world is just not ready for this.

Will it ever?

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Oct 13, 2004, 04:11 AM
 
looks pretty sucky to me. besides, they don't plan on selling it anyway:

"Since Concept Centaur is just that—a concept—they aren't for sale. At the present time, Segway LLC has no plans to manufacture or sell this as a product."
     
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Oct 13, 2004, 09:03 AM
 
Now if they put a rocket launcher or a gun of some sort on it. Then it'd be cool. The US gov would buy it in droves.

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Oct 13, 2004, 09:13 AM
 
I'd rather have this:

     
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Oct 13, 2004, 09:17 AM
 
Wow, I bet Bush drives that when he's around the ranch.
     
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Oct 13, 2004, 10:35 AM
 
I think it looks cool. Looks fun to ride. They should develop it more to address complaints like those here.
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Oct 13, 2004, 11:06 AM
 
The only thing this might have over an ATV is that you stand less of a chance of a broken neck if it rolls on you. Ozzy should perhaps look into getting one of these.
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Oct 13, 2004, 12:11 PM
 
It will also be better for the environment than an ATV. Of course, that makes me wonder if there are reasonably priced, 4-cycle ATVs out there. Not that it matters much when you live in a city.
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Oct 13, 2004, 12:33 PM
 
Originally posted by banninated68:
It's not street legal.... but yet you can't drive it on sidewalks.
     
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Oct 13, 2004, 12:44 PM
 
I have seen Segway-like devices with four wheels, but this isn't one of them.
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Oct 13, 2004, 02:01 PM
 
Originally posted by E's Lil Theorem:
How to render the Segway Human Transporter obsolete:

i agree in that if it costs a fortune, and if that cost is what is prohibiting implementation...

then, NO — you did not make a sucessful product
     
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Oct 13, 2004, 02:17 PM
 
I'll cycle thanks. My bike doesn't run out of electricity, is even better for the environment, can go more places, keeps me fit, doesn't make me look like a nerd and costs a lot less I'll bet.

Of course, if I ever do drive in to a very, very small cul-de-sac I won't be able to turn round like they do with the 4xSegway in that video. Bummer, huh? I think that outweighs its disadvantages!!
     
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Oct 13, 2004, 02:54 PM
 
I kind of like the idea... but must agree with others... not very practical.

I work 10+ miles away from work... I have biked it a few times, but I get very tired/sweaty.

I wouldn't mind something a little more motorized.
     
   
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