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    Default Segway wheelchair - this has to be rated as cool!

    Spotted while walking my dog today in Perth suburb - a wheelchair with no visible balance wheels, travelling along as smooth as you like, looked even more stable than a normal wheelchair.

    Talked to the guy, it's a standard off-road Segway base and wheels, with a locally hand-built seat and upper frame. Has 2 small electrically operated legs (1 front, 1 rear) to put down for stability when the motor and gyros are switched off. The handlebar upright removes easily for entry/egress to the seat.

    Has been on beach sand, and is good for crossing parks, lawns, etc.

    Nice to see something useful and well engineered.

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    And you missed your opportunity to drop the Peter Sellers line: "It is nert my derg!"
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    Hats off to the person who thought this up and built it, being able to go off sealed surfaces is a winner.

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    Pretty cool derg, too ...

    Wouldn't be hard to be more stable than a "regular" wheelie, but did you establish whether it was a local adaptation, or imported whole?
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    G'day,

    should be interesting, I didn't think that Segways were legal other than on private property ? If the wheelchair bound want 'em shouldn't be long before this hurdle is overcome....

    Looks like a good move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    G'day,

    should be interesting, I didn't think that Segways were legal other than on private property ? If the wheelchair bound want 'em shouldn't be long before this hurdle is overcome....

    Looks like a good move.

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    For normal public area use they are not permitted in Australia. For example the Segway tours at Sydney Olympic Park have to dismount and walk the vehicles across public roadways before continuing onto permitted pathways on the grounds.

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    In NSW at least it is possible for a disabled person to receive a permit to allow them to use a Segway for transport. Mrs UFO used to work for NSW Fire Brigades at their head office. One of the staff in there had MS or Parkinsons and apart from not being able to walk any distance was perfectly able to work and stand. A wheelchair was overkill but it was found a Segway was perfect. His disability advisor was able to get a permit to allow him to use a Segway in public enabling him to move around the city, to and from work etc etc. I have also seen others in Sydney in a similar situation. The Segways are emblazoned with stickers indicating they are permitted for public use.
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    G'day,

    probably no more a hazard than any other occasional speeding mobility device, gopher derbys are not unusual.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr bern View Post
    Pretty cool derg, too ...
    Wouldn't be hard to be more stable than a "regular" wheelie, but did you establish whether it was a local adaptation, or imported whole?
    The base running gear was standard Segway - offroad version. The upper part (the red bits) were made locally in Perth by a specialist in machinery for disabled.

    Did I say that the guy told me it had cost a lot of money (a) to buy the Segway, and (b) to get the conversion built. I think he may have mentioned $30-40,000 !!
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    Segways are legal in Queensland. You can hire them at places like SouthBank in Brisbane

    While the Segway wheelchair is a brilliant use of technology for good - the price
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    I think he may have mentioned $30-40,000 !!
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    Company in Slacks Creek (just South of Brisbane) advertise version of the Segway for sale for just under $4,000. I believe the prices were in the 5 digits not long ago.

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    $30-40K sounds like what's actually a pretty reasonable prototype development cost, which you'd expect to reduce to a fraction of that given a market that could justify production volumes, but even so, technology to do it right would not be cheap, given that the Segway's supposed to be navigated by moving the body this way or that, and disabled passengers by definition might not be able to do that. I guess the cost would depend on how much function you had to put into the armrest to replicate that with hand motions for such users, but what a brilliant use of tech to enhance mobility!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr bern View Post
    given that the Segway's supposed to be navigated by moving the body this way or that, and disabled passengers by definition might not be able to do that. I guess the cost would depend on how much function you had to put into the armrest to replicate that with hand motions for such users, but what a brilliant use of tech to enhance mobility!
    You could be right, this bloke only had a legs problem I think. Note the "wristwatch" on his right hand - that was the basic on/off switch and probably had other functions - a standard Segway item I think? And yes, he said he leaned forward to go forward, and back to slow down. The handlebar probably assisted him to do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FIVEDOOR View Post
    Company in Slacks Creek (just South of Brisbane) advertise version of the Segway for sale for just under $4,000. I believe the prices were in the 5 digits not long ago.

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    I have a feeling these might be Chinese rip offs of the Segway. There's an acute lack of branding in the pics...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68 404 View Post
    I have a feeling these might be Chinese rip offs of the Segway. There's an acute lack of branding in the pics...

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