Segway has moved away some from their staple model of self-balancing, handelbar-equipped scooters commonly driven by mall security professionals around the world; evidence of that shift can be seen here with the Ninebot One S1 (as well as what could perhaps be looked at as its evolutionary predecessor here). With the Ninebot S1, Segway seems squarely positioned as one of the foremost design leaders in what could be generously termed as a personal electric vehicle revolution, spanning across such seemingly disparate form factors as bicycles, one-wheeled skateboards, scooters, and of course, cars.
As far as practical riders go, many of the aforementioned electric vehicles are likely better served for the task. But for riding in futuristic style, the Ninebot One S1 is about as good as it gets (you can get a solid fifteen miles of range at a 12.5 mile per hour clip, so for some it may even be practical to get around with given its size). Riders warn in their reviews of the learning curve upon first getting on the S1, which is no surprise given its nature but worth hearing if you're the type to get frustrated if something doesn't go as perfectly as idealized the first time. The S1 passes UL 2722 guidelines, a set of regulations determined by an OSHA-certified ratings company considered to be the leading standard within the industry — necessary, considering the rash of unfortunate incidents experienced by many "hoverboard" owners in 2016.
With this quirky but undeniably cool little vehicle, Segway continues to establish itself as a brand that consistently puts out forward-thinking products — a company willing to go out on a limb with a good idea. More evidence of this can be seen with their new Segway robot: called "Loomo", the project began as an open source project, allowing roboticists to develop the robot of their dreams using Segway's basic platform. They then hired the best robotics engineers and developers to build the finished Loomo, a robot that moves and act autonomously and can act in a number of specialized manners given some initial training. This, and projects and products like this, are what is helping to bring us all the robotic future long envisioned in the realm of science fiction.
It will take a lot of practice, but it is worth it. I purchased this for 13 year-old who absolutely loves it.
It's so fun! It took about an hour to get the hang of it.
This is the latest and hottest personal transporter trend, and you should get this one fast for it come flawlessly on the design and on the way it ride around.