In the past, the Segway has often been well a little laughed at if not ridiculed – the personal transportation devices are most often seen with a horde of slightly overweight tourists leaving the ‘walking’ out of a walking tour.
But the latest Segway could be about to change all that.
It is a two-wheeled balancing scooter that turns into an adorable mini robot butler when you’re not riding it around town.
The Ninebot Segway can be ridden like a handleless Segway – holding it steady between your legs – travelling up to 30km at speeds of up to 18kph.
On arriving at the destination the transportation device turns into a self-balancing robot with a screen for a head and arms.
The robotics platform developed by Intel and Xiaomi-backed robotics startup Ninebot which bought Segway in April last year is capable of sensing its surroundings – recognising objects people and voices and can be extended to perform a variety of other tasks through a development kit.