BBC: Where are the Segways?
- Here's a piece from the BBC today on the perils of the poor Segway in
Britain; I see lessons for other technogadgets that don't have
compelling advantages over old-fashioned biotechnology:
The success of the Segway could come down to the market it is pitched
at, according to Ed Griffiths, designer with product design company
He says a two-wheeled scooter that is used on the pavement and goes at
12mph is being pitched as an alternative to walking.
"But walking is free, natural and we all know how to do it, so why pay
thousands for a Segway?" he says. "And if you don't want to walk why
not get a bike, again it's much cheaper. The Segway doesn't seem to
have massive practical benefits over other products or our own legs.
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