Modifications Segway




Modifications Segway

Segway – one of the most talked about electric vehicles on the 2000s. Since the presentation by Dean Keymenom their offspring had appeared regularly in “clones” (crowd designers have tried to challenge the right of Kamen invention, a “stick on wheels”), as well as modifications and very very far from the original scooters, “based on the Segway.” This publication provides an overview of some of the most interesting variations Segway, have undergone, as compared with the original, much more serious changes than limited to “cosmetic” finalizing the Segway Patroller (scooter for the police).

The standard version of the machine has captivated Europe and is widely used not only by individuals, but it is also possible to hire, for example, that there are Russian-speaking Segway rental in Barcelona. In addition, there are a number of interesting modifications of this amazing vehicle.

HandsFree-Transporter: segways for filming and Ballet

HandsFree-Transporter (see photo above) – it’s Segway without the steering column. As a result, the user is freed hands (scooter management is carried out by means of a lever with mounting foot, which is located in the center of the platform) that you can take something useful … for example, a camera for filming.

Idea HandsFree-Transporter – Kalert actor Ulrich (Ulrich Kahlert), and the one who embodies and put it on a “business-wheel” – Reinhard Ansorge (Reinhard Ansorge). Initially, the vehicle used in the field of dance (high-speed platform proved to be excellent even in ballet). In 2005, the inventor of the steadicam acquired HT (camera stabilization systems) Garrett Brown. Since then, the novelty began to actively use on the set: a special attachment for steadicam operators freed from solid load platform characterized maneuverability (as opposed to ATVs and motorcycles) and all-terrain, which explains the “scope” of application HT – shooting action scenes and scenes where steadicam operator was required to overcome significant distances.

HandsFree-Transporter was involved in the production of the film “Hot Fuzz.” “Slumdog Millionaire”, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “Stalingrad”, etc. Also, it has been operated at major sporting events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Euro 2012. Among the VIP guests, personally bought from HT R. Ansorge, you can call Jackie Chan and Vin Diesel.

On Rollstuhl Segway, unlike the original, you can only move while sitting. The authors of the project – Willie Lang (Willi Lang) and Oliver Fleiner (Oliver Fleiner). The vehicle is oriented to people who have health does not allow itself to overcome long distances or walk at all.

Rollstuhl Segway is equipped with lithium-ion batteries (partial charge takes 1.5 hours total – 6 hours), providing travel range up to 38 km with a maximum speed of 20 km / h On the “chair” provides LED-lights, comfortable steering wheel (it is easy to dismantle), step, stand smarftona on the screen which can be deduced information on battery charge, speed, etc.

This project is not the only variation on the theme of symbiosis Segway and a wheelchair. Sometimes these vehicles are at all without the use of a platform Segway, but only “based on” the brainchild of D. Kamen. As an example, the concept of the designer EAZ Stoppa Grayson (Grayson Stopp), which, unlike Rollstuhl Segway, you can move around or sitting or standing by the folding steering.

RMP (Robotic Mobility Platform) – authoring Segway Inc. The project improves vehicle stability systems (two-and four) and the recognition of the surrounding objects, and explores the nuances of the rational use of batteries.

Among the projects, the development of which has now discontinued, it is worth noting a four-wheeled cart RMP400, capable of transporting up to 400 pounds of cargo (just over 181 kg), the two-wheeled “chair» RMP100 (he, unlike Segway HT, can be safely used even in small spaces) , an omnidirectional platform RMP400 Omni. They, like all machines on the RMP, different remote control. Now Segway Inc. developing improved versions of these devices and some other less bright patterns.

Based on RMP specialists from various organizations so far managed to develop a lot of robots: to open the door (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), football (Carnegie Mellon University), transporting beverages (University of Michigan), etc. In addition, RMP served as the basis for robots intended for use by bomb disposal and field fires (with water “gun” in the list of equipment).

Based on the Segway RMP were created, among other things, aids terrorist robots (platform attached to them mannequins serving target practice for soldiers). Australian company Marathon Targets supplies local army similar devices (not only), both in two-wheel (model T20), and a four-wheeled version (T40). Actually, the “flow” Segway for military service always it was only a matter of time – just remember that D. Kamen at the start of production segway mentioned that he may be very useful in the military field, and before the Beijing Olympics, Chinese soldiers and police has mobilized tens of Segway in anti-terrorist exercises.

Perhaps future generations Segway will take one of the brightest of the 2000s. In any case, in the field of “green” transport his influence and popularity is still wide. Technique, created by his “explanation” appears even in sectors where Segway with good intentions could not “enter” (for example, the system videoprisutstviya Double, connecting the iPad and the moving platform that resembles just Segway). Elektroskuter Kamen opened the era of personal “green” vehicles and continues to be “in sight”: and it is unlikely in the next few years the market will be equally interesting project.


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