The Innovation of the Segway

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The Innovation of the Segway
By Mona Alsheddi Kettering University Jan 26th, 2011

1. Abstract This paper discusses the innovation of the new personal transporter: Segway. It gives a brief description of the

Segway is a self-balancing electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen and produced by Segway Inc. in 2001. The name Segway came from an Italian word means “follows”. (1) As any other transportation device, Segway is used to move from one place to another, yet it used to move among places that are close to each other since the maximum speed of any Segway is 12 ½ miles per hour, regardless of slope or terrain. (2) In fact, not all Segways are the same. Segway Inc. offers different models for different kinds of users.

technology that has been used in the Segway, how it is manufactured, and the advantages and disadvantages of the Segway. The the paper also

demonstrates

significant

improvement the Segway has made over the other transportation devices, the changes it has brought to the world, and how the society responded to these changes.

2. Introduction

3. Technology Segway consist of two wheels driven by motors,
1

a

platform

to

stand

on,

sophisticated electronics and software, and sensors to detect movements. (3) It uses well developed Lithium Ion

wants to turn left or right, the rider simply moves the steer frame left or right. (4)

batteries to power the motors. A single charge can support up to 24 miles/38km of travel. (4) Segway is built to stay balanced in one place with the help of a built in computer and sensors. Changing from a balanced status is detected by the sensors that immediately send signals to the onboard computers which then direct motors to regain balance. (1) It 's like it can almost read your mind! That is what makes the Segway special. The extremely that sensitive have built high-tech into it 4. Users “The Segway is a great way to enjoy the ride while commuting to work, running errands, or just



Bibliography: 1. Retrieved Jan 22 , 2011 from Wikipedia website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_PT 2. Brandt, John (Spring 2007). “Segway: Next “Best” Thing or Expensive Fad?” Retrieved Jan 22 ,2011 3. Evans, Paul (2-9-2009). “The DIY, open source, self-balancing ride-on robot” Retrieved Jan 23 ,2011 4. Retrieved Jan 23 ,2011 from Segway Inc. website: http://www.segway.com rd rd nd nd 6

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