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Toyota Announces Segway Killer: The Winglet Personal Transporter

04 Aug

Toyota has come up with a vertical, mechanized scooter (or Personal Transporter, PT) intended to help people move about in public areas.

Winglet Personal Transport

Winglet Personal Transport

Called the Winglet because of its fleet nature, it is the first gadget to duplicate the celebrated, and lets be honest, often mocked navigation system of Dean Kamen’s Segway Transporter: self-balancing through gyroscopic sensors detecting the gentle directional tilts of a rider.

However, this personal scooter is probably not up to par to the Segway in speed or ruggedness. The newest Segway model can go up to 12.5 miles per hour (versus the Winglet’s 3.7 MPH).

Looking at the pictures though, I have to wonder about the slightness of the Winglet’s frame; while it looks to support the svelte models demoing the device just fine, the most recent Gallup Poll results show that the average American man weighs in at 191 pounds, and the average American woman weighs in at 159 pounds.

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Posted by on August 4, 2008 in Science News, Special Interest

 

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6 responses to “Toyota Announces Segway Killer: The Winglet Personal Transporter

  1. mxsive

    August 4, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    I always liked the Segway… It will be nice to see if or how the entry by Toyota will spark the competition for quick, efficient and reasonable alternatives.

     
  2. alexandriak84

    August 4, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Or American could just walk . . . noooo, that seems crazy and European ;-)

     
  3. Christopher

    August 4, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    @alexandriak84
    Walking? What’s that exactly? You mean putting one foot in front of the other and actually EXPENDING energy (internal) to get from place to place…hmmmm, interesting concept…now how to get the American public to buy into that one?

     
  4. alexandriak84

    August 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Maybe get McDonald’s to sponser and provide incentives i.e. big macs, supersized french fries as a reward for steps walked? We Americans might walk for food. Nah. Probably not–that’s what drive-thrus are for.

     
  5. Christopher

    August 6, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    I don’t think you COULD walk enough steps in a day to work off a Big Mac and SUPERSIZE fries.

    Tasty reward though!

     
  6. The Winglet, Toyota Personal Transporter

    October 12, 2008 at 9:03 AM

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