There are objects that have the power to bring with them an immediate perception of modernity. Things that to see them are there to tell you "it seems to come from the future". It is the effect that many had, for example, the sight of the first iPhone or the first Segway.
It is no coincidence that they are the result of two visionary geniuses, Steve Jobs e Dean Kamen. Today Segway-Nine bot is a personal transportation company with other owners, but continues to move forward. At the upcoming CES2020 will present the S-Pod, a "safe, self-balancing vehicle" that looks like a cross between a large stroller, a gyrosphere from Jurassic World and a pod from the Wall-E movie.
The new vehicle is intended for use in "closed campuses, airports, theme parks and shopping centers", according to a company press release.
It seems like a godsend for people who have difficulty moving, as well as for those of us who are too lazy to move.
S-Pod is a wheelchair that goes beyond disability, aimed at all adults, and which in Segway's intentions will "change the rules" of personal transport.
A navigation panel controls the movements of the vehicle. The speed is adjusted via a knob, which also changes the center of gravity of the S-Pod. "The rider doesn't need to physically lean forward and backward to accelerate or slow down," Segway says.
The maximum speed of S-Pod is limited to 40km per hour: a function that also serves the purpose of keeping occupants safe and avoiding rollover in tight corners. The autonomy before a recharge is quite generous: 64 kilometers, more than enough for travel in an urban area.
What else is missing? Oh yes. "The S-Pod seats also offer wide-angle views that offer a wide field of view for passengers", concludes the press release.
The S-Pod will debut at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show next Tuesday, January 6, along with other new Segway products, including an eMoped (a small electric bike) and an eScooter suitable for medium and long-haul travel.