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A sense of purpose

A strategic partnership has brought a sensor device to volume production more quickly than the developer could have done it alone. By Graham Pitcher.

Despite the popularity of the various modes of personal transport, very few breakthroughs have been made in this area since the invention of the automobile more than 100 years ago. Perhaps the most memorable – or infamous, depending upon your point of view – development since then has been Sir Clive Sinclair's C5 in the 1980s.

So it is no surprise that the announcement by Segway of its Human Transporter has been received with a higher than normal level of interest.

The Segway Human Transporter (HT) is described by its developer as the first, self balancing, electric powered transportation device. With dimensions no larger than the average adult body and the ability to emulate human balance, the Segway HT uses the same space as a pedestrian, and can go wherever a person can walk. The HT, says Segway, will allow people at home and at work to go farther, move more quickly, and increase the amount they can carry anywhere they currently walk.

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