Hi. Hope you enjoyed the positive Segway post of last time. Felt so much better than writing the negative stuff of the first two posts, but with such a divisive device, I have to cover both sides of the coin. Unfortunately one seems to be a lot heavier than the other, and we all know which one!
Anyway, Segways in their various forms have been in the news a little bit this year, again with articles about why they have failed blah blah, but also some positive stuff. There has obviously been the release of the “Segway Hoverboard”, which do seem a little cooler than your standard Segway. With this release there have been many high-profile musicians and actors and general celebrities that have made the board a “must-have” for the kids of today. There has been a recent music video with five dancers using the boards, choreographed by LA based David Moore and dancing along to Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean”, that has gained over three million views on YouTube in just over a month! The video is OK but it’s not that amazing, ha. Click on the picture !
With some bigger news there is the acquisition of the Segway company by a Chinese firm (and the help of a few other backers). The company, called Ninebot, make a Chinese version of the Segway and this is a strange outcome because only this year Segway tried to start legal proceedings against the company because they claim they copied their design. Funny how things turn out, right? Segway’s arch-enemy may actually turn out to be its saviour!