Let’s say you went ahead and bought Segway’s handless board. What do you with it after you’ve reached your destination? You’ll probably put it away and recharge. It doesn’t seem like too much fun. But fret not, because Segway has the cure for all tech junkies. Segway’s new board can turn into a robo servant, which can cater to your every need.
So what’s this all about Segway and robots? Well, back in April 2015, Segway, the company that released the pseudo-hoverboard, was bought by another company named Ninebot.
After Segway was incorporated into Ninebot, a company which operates under the patronage of Intel and Xiaomi, it wanted to go on with its plans to deliver a product so spectacular that will wash away the shameful memory of the hoverboard.
With this in mind, Ninebot made a statement in which they announced their newest product, the Ninebot Segway. Incorporating Segway’s handless scooter design and Intel’s RealSense, the Ninebot Segway is a handless scooter, but with an added twist.
Basically, you can use this new scooter to do everything an old Segway scooter does. You can ride it around at 11 miles per hour, perform twists and turns and if you’re into the rough stuff, even a couple of tricks.
But when you put it away, that’s when the magic begins. With the push of a button, the scooter raises something resembling an LCD screen which acts like the robot’s head. The little bot even has an animated face and quite a charming smile.
According to Ninebot, the robotic assistant can roam freely and help you in several tasks. Using the RealSense technology, the robot can scan and recognize its environment. Moreover, the bot is also capable of distinguishing between several voice tones.
Ninebot Segway is also capable of performing other actions as well. The robotic assistant can take pictures, make video recordings and post your favorite moment on social media. Moreover, the tiny robot rover can even make himself useful by carrying your stuff around.
And if you think that your little robotic companion is to dull, you can even add some arms to its body.
Ninebot’s crowning achievement has been showcased at CES 2016, as part of Intel’s initiative of presenting the applications of the RealSense technology.
Parading around with a robotic maid wasn’t the only thing Ninebot had in mind when it attended the presentation. According to the company, a developer kit for the Ninebot Segway will be launched in the first half of 2016.
As to when the Ninebot Segway will hit the market we are uncertain.