[thechat] IT is here!

Marlene Bruce marlene at digitizethis.com
Tue Dec 4 01:28:50 CST 2001


<quoted from another email>

Touting it as an environmentally friendly alternative to cars, 
inventor Dean Kamen finally unveiled his mysterious creation to the 
world this morning.  The gizmo -- which has gone by the codenames 
"IT" and "Ginger," but will be marketed under the more prosaic 
"Segway Human Transporter" -- turns out to be a one-person, 
two-wheeled, battery-powered scooter that looks something like a push 
lawnmower.  Kamen said the Segway "will be to the car what the car 
was to the horse-and-buggy," adding that it "makes no sense at all 
for people in cities to use a 4,000-pound piece of metal to haul 
their 150-pound asses around town."  The 65-pound Segway can attain 
speeds of 12 miles per hour; the battery charge lasts about 15 miles, 
at about 10 cents a charge.  The machine apparently handles snow, 
ice, and stairs with ease.  Cost?  $3,000 a pop.  The U.S. Postal 
Service and Amazon.com are among the first customers.

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