September 28, 2010

"A special adaptation of Segway Inc.'s dynamic stabilization technology and a wider track maximize stability, while the x2's higher ground clearance ensures that steep hills, uneven trails, and errant rocks won't impede your ride."

And when you get to the point where you want the ride impeded... it will be too late.

9 comments:

edutcher said...

A parachute isn't included, either.

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

I think that the hand wringing over how this could happen has a simple answer, life is fragile.

I learned this lesson early as a pre-teen, I had a friend who was crossing the street talking ,didn't see the curb, tripped and hit his head hard on the ground and died.

Just like that, gone.

Lem said...

Its like that millionaire Steve Fossett that for years unsuccessfully tried to circle the globe in a balloon.. always made it back alive until he disappeared, right here over the continental United States, flying his own plane.

traditionalguy said...

The Greeks said the Fates would get you...so avoid hubris at all costs. But a segway is the epitome of hubris.

Martin L. Shoemaker said...

This would be the perfect opening to a Columbo episode, or maybe Monk. The coincidence, the irony is just so compelling that the great detective couldn't resist the urge to dig for a deeper cause.

In real life, we have the word "coincidence" for a reason. Sometimes things just happen.

rhhardin said...

Was the Segway standing, is the question. It ought to right itself.

Alex said...

I learned this lesson early as a pre-teen, I had a friend who was crossing the street talking ,didn't see the curb, tripped and hit his head hard on the ground and died.

Yup, life is a continuous shocker.

Jim_J said...

The ultimate irony of this story:

Jimi Heselden, 62, was Chairman of Hesco Bastion Ltd, the world-leading manufacturer of protective barriers used to protect British and coalition troops around the world.

When he really needed a Hesco barrier to prevent falling over a cliff, it wasn't there.

seattleWa said...

"...and he's buying a segway to Heaven"

Apologies to Led Zeppelin.

They may consider changing the name of the device. I'm not sure everyone wants to make that kind of segue.