We're at the start of another week, and it's already seen a huge announcement. Let's see if the rest of the week can keep up with the momentum put out today. In news from around the Web, Segway's boss passed away today. After that, we'll take a look around the R3 Media Network, and see what's been happening. Welcome to the Monday edition of The Daily Slash.
If you've wanted a Segway, but thought it looked too "flashy" for you, then here's what you've been waiting for. It's the "little sister" of the Segway, and you should take that title to heart. Because, as you can see from the image, there isn't much here that actually looks like a Segway. Other than that curved middle-section and handlebars, it's missing that familiar over-sized base, plus all the plastic you'd want to show off.
ColorWare is pretty notorious for doing custom paint jobs for your favorite gadgets. iPads and mobile phones, things like that. They were well known for their color-throwing ways, but notorious for the price tags that went along with it. And when they added HDTVs to their list of things that could be colored, eyebrows were raised. But now, well, we're speechless.
I remember watching one of the Back to the Future sequels when I was a kid. When Michael J. Fox road that hover board around the town square I figured that by time I was "grown up" we would all be riding those things.
Welcome to another edition of The Daily Slash, ladies and gentlemen. We're glad you could make it. It's just not the same without you, truth be told. We've got a strong batch of stories for you tonight. A bit of flashy gold goodness, some technological ridiculousness, and some deep space science that may just surprise you. And, as always, we've got it all bundled up for you in a nice, gift-wrapped package.
Every time I go to the mall, I get a chuckle out of the portly security guard that rides around on his Segway. I am pretty sure they based Paul Blart: Mall Cop on the guy. I will admit that the Segway is pretty cool, even if it is uber geeky.
Segway and GM have partnered to develop the P.U.M.A., a self-balancing individual vehicle in which the two riders have some degree of weather protection. The Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A.) Project can travel up to 35mph, run 35 miles from one charge, and uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to avoid collisions.
We saw a DIY Segway all the way back in August 2007, but it's taken a little longer for wheels to evolve into legs. The Cajun Crawler was built by a team at the University of Louisiana, with the platform design of a Segway but moving on legs rather than a pair of self-balancing wheels.
Video demo after the cut
Segway inventor Dean Kamen is turning his three-acre island home, the regrettably-named North Dumpling, into the first "net zero energy" island. With no mainland electricity connection, the entire island uses solar power; Kamen has brought in Philips Color Kinetics to replace all lighting with LEDs. Kamen has also fitted energy efficient appliances and water purification systems, some of which he invented himself.