Where were the Segways last week?

Segway1_1_2 Last week’s NYC transit strike seemed like the perfect time for the Segway scooter to make a comeback. We had visions of hundreds of commuters following Mayor Bloomberg in a parade of Segways over the Brooklyn Bridge as part of a truly forward-thinking contingency plan. Of course, it didn’t happen. It’s been four years since the Segway’s introduction, and its market failure has always seemed a bit of a mystery (although not to BusinessWeek, apparently). In any case, Segway inventor Dean Kamen has unveiled his latest toy, this one with perhaps even greater promise—an energy-efficient filtration system that can transform any water and convert it into drinkable H2O. Here’s a headline that sums up Kamen’s demonstration of the device: “Segway Inventor Drinks His Own Pee.” Ew.

—Posted by Tim Nudd

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