The Unofficial Segway HT Site
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This section is dedicated to the experiences and trials of the Segway by individuals and companies. I will start off with mine to set up the page. If you want to add your testimonial, send it using this e-mail address, not the one in the About section.
Very little people have ridden the Segway. Very. It may seem like every one but you, but an extremely low number has ridden the Segway. The good part is that you local Unofficial Segway Webmaster has gotten the chance to ride the Segway at the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship.
Yes, I am a team member of a FIRST Robotics team, and I was very fortunate to ride twice over the three day competition. I rode the eSeries model, very much like the one the man is riding at the top of this page.
The Segway HT test site was next to the VIP tent at the robotics competition. A few people were there, and some teams were there too. I waited my turn anxiously to ride this engineering marvel, still wondering what it will fell like and will I kill myself on it? No on the last one, but I was still anxious. Soon it was my turn.
The lady who was my instructor told me about two things before I got on, hold the handle bars when you step up and it will wobble when you get on. So I held then handle bars and stepped on.
I was going backward. "You must be leaning backward," she said. This is how I always stand, this platform is tilted. So I lean a little up and I stop. When standing on it, the Segway doesn't feel special. You are just standing. Up. Higher eight inches. Oh boy! Then she tells me to think forward, or "Just press your toes down". Ok, I think forward. And off I go. She holds on to the bars so I don't fly into the walls of the tent. She says "Think Stop." Bam, I'm standing still. She says "Backwards," still holding the handle bars. I stop. She then does it again without holding. Ok, this is fun. So she then tells me how to turn. I twist the shaft on the left side of the handle bars. I whiz around to the left extremely fast. Then to the right. "Don't turn as hard, just a little". I then turn a teenie-tiney bit. I turn, a teenie-tiney bit.
"Ok, lets go." So I turn and off I go. I lean forward and zoom off. I then screeched to a halt right before hitting a potted plant, I guess I forgot to turn! I guess it might have been a good idea to hold the bars now. I then turn and zoom around the tent, I stop for some guests, do some fancy stuff. And then my turn was up. Damn.
So, my times up. What do I do? Wait a day and then ride again, of course.
Same thing happened, only I didn't run into a planter that time.
So, how did I like it? Well, how much do cat's like catnip? This thing is amazing. It is responsive, amazingly accurate, and acts like a true part of your body. It doesn't feel cheep or artificial like those hovercrafts you see on TechTV or a car, go cart, a bike, a skateboard. Plus, it is SAFE. It isn't crude and has a back up for a back up. If this thing fails around 40%, it will still run to get you to your local Segway place.
I love it.
I want it Dean.