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Entries in segway (3)

Friday
Mar232007

No One Will Walk - All Will Have Wheels (Brown County Democrat, 1900)


And you thought the Segway was a new idea! This image ran in the Brown County Democrat (De Pere, Wisconsin) newspaper on December 28, 1900.

There were all kinds of predictions in 1900 of what the 20th century would bring. The "Footomobile" manufactured by the "Electric Monroe Co." appears to be just one such idea. Check out the two guys in the background running into each other. Who said the paleo-future didn't have a sense of humor?


The image was found in the book Yesterday's Future: The Twentieth Century Begins.

See also:
Back to the Future: Part II (1989)

Sunday
Mar112007

Back to the Future: Part II (1989)

While the most common rhetorical question of paleo-futurism seems to be, "Where's my flying car?" I am personally frustrated with the absence of a much more fun, futuristic innovation. The hoverboard.
In 1989, Back to the Future: Part II gave us a glimpse of 2015 and the next generation of personal, recreational transportation. I remember playing on a skateboard and imagining that in just a few years we'd all be whipping around like Michael J. Fox.

Sony has patented a "Segway-sans-the-handlebars" device, but it appears that we have quite a ways to go before we're hovering. Although, the geniuses at Mythbusters are certainly helping us along.

Wednesday
Feb212007

Jet Pack Video (1966)

A friend of mine contends that jet packs were the Segways of the 20th century. They promised to change the way that people traveled but were really just a novelty. I must confess that I find Segways fun, (no matter how nerdy I might look), and would love to try a jet pack if given the chance.

On second thought, I might let Buck Rogers have all the fun for now.