Remember when it was called Ginger? It was the secret super special project that was gonna be big. Speculation ran wild. Then we saw it. Was it a better idea in personal transport? Would it replace the car or would it replace walking? It was kind of expensive; I was living in Davis, CA, when it became available and if there weren't any in Davis, home of every environmentally friendly vehicle regardless of price or practicality, the lack of Segways looked like a bad sign. Some cities banned them, like San Francisco which had serious concerns about how safe they would be on the very steep hills. Both Bush the Elder and Bush the Younger fell off the things. (I guess they forgot to turn off the Reject Evil switch.) When the vain and selfish character Gob (pronounced like the Biblical character Job) showed up on a Segway in the comedy Arrested Development, it was pretty much the end of it. The Segway wasn't a product so much as a joke.
Or was it? As the blog's current sub-title states, I live one block away from Segway of Oakland. It's not a giant luxurious showroom, but the guy is doing business. New, used, parts, and most interestingly, he run a business of pimping out Segways. It looks like the funny little contraption has a small but loyal following.
But the wave of the future? Not so much.
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