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Yesterday Matevž was kind enough to let me test drive his Segway Human Transporter.

How was it? In one word: great. I did my homework before we met, but two things surprised me. I was under impression you make turns with your body. But that's just for forward-backward movement. You steer with your left arm. Second surprise was how easy it is to ride it. I needed just a few minutes before I felt safe and confident. The only way you can fall is to bump into a curb or something else. Oh, and if you step on it while it's turned off.

What is probably annoying is that you look like an alien to everyone else. Except grumpy grandmothers. They don't care. Others just HAVE to stare, most of them also have to ask a question or two. I was riding it for a couple of minutes in semi-populated part of Ljubljana and I was called Austin Powers (I don't see the connection, do you?) 

I can imagine the attention Matevž gets when riding it to work. So, if you are single, this could be the ultimate way to get noticed. Forget pimped cars, bodybuilding and a fake gold watch!

The bad part is, of course, the price. Although it's $4.495 on Amazon, Matevž says it's closer to 1.500.000 SIT (~$8.500) if you want to get it in Slovenia. (He has some kind of a deal with some importers, so contact him if you would like one.)

All in all: it's super easy to drive and it's a lot of fun. I can easily imagine me having one and riding it to work everyday. Luckily (or unfortunately) I have bigger plans so this baby is nowhere near top of my priorities. Yet!

Considering what to do.

Zooming...

Zooming faster!

Happy. I'm in one piece!

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005 11:31 AM | Filed under: Gadgets |

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# re: Segway - the ultimate geek toy 1/17/2005 4:38 PM PeterK
Austin Powers? That person must have been blind. You need him (www.austinpowers.com/minime/) beside yourself to deserve to be called AP. On the other hand, you would get your mojo back in a second on that thing. Grrr, yeah baby!!

# re: Segway - the ultimate geek toy 2/13/2005 11:46 PM Boštjan
Wanna buy a Segway HT? I've just been to Prague and they have a Segway Store. And a search on Google reveals one nearer http://www.segwayaustria.at/ So it looks like that 8k$ is a little bit too much.

# re: Segway - the ultimate geek toy 2/14/2005 10:49 PM David
As I said the post, Matevž has some kind of a deal with Autrian Segway shop, so if you need anything, he is the man to talk to.

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