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Segway Analysis

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Date: Aug 03, 2009 - 10:41 AM
Paul Graham offers an excellent analysis of why the Segway went over so poorly: it just plain weirds people out.

Why do Segways provoke this reaction? The reason you look like a dork riding a Segway is that you look smug. You don't seem to be working hard enough.

Someone riding a motorcycle isn't working any harder. But because he's sitting astride it, he seems to be making an effort. When you're riding a Segway you're just standing there. And someone who's being whisked along while seeming to do no work?someone in a sedan chair, for example?can't help but look smug.

Try this thought experiment and it becomes clear: imagine something that worked like the Segway, but that you rode with one foot in front of the other, like a skateboard. That wouldn't seem nearly as uncool.
They're also very limited in terms of practical use - short range, tough to lock up, and in need of a recharge socket when parked.



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