With its Segway Ninebot, the tech innovators of yesterday look to regain their place at the top of the heap. There’s no question that Segway is the father of self-balancing futuristic transportation devices, but the competition has done its fair share of catching up in the 15 years since the first Segway was released. And while the original model still remains relevant and sought-after, one might feel compelled to wonder if Segway can bring anything new to a market that’s quickly becoming saturated.
The Segway Ninebot’s stroll through the market
Depending on who you ask, the original Segway was either an aesthetic marvel or something that was utterly appalling to look at. Yet the undeniably futuristic design has, in recent years, been made to look ordinary by gadgets that look to be straight out of a Sci-Fi movie. In terms of looks, the Ninebot could do better: it’s basically a smaller and more economic version of the first gizmo.
But if you’re willing to spend almost $1,000 on Amazon for a glorified skateboard, you’ll be thinking about a lot more than appearance. Segway’s long-awaited response to the hoverboard sticks out in that it features a handle going up to your knees with which you can better steer and control the board. Furthermore, the Ninebot introduces multiple ways of signaling others in ‘traffic’ to maximize your responsibility while driving (or hovering). Lastly, the larger wheels expand your traveling options and allow for a smoother stroll in areas that aren’t perfectly polished.
But is it all worth almost double the price of a standard hoverboard? If you’re looking for market-leading reliability in a technology that’s still considered experimental by many, it might very well be.