Would George Jetson Drive a PUMA?
Thursday/May/07 2009 Filed in: Science / Technology
That's Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility for those of you who don't yet know the shape of things to come.
It's a far cry from the rocket cars we were promised. Have we only moved from a horseless carriage to a horseless chariot?
Dean Kamen, the PUMA inventor (and son of Mad Magazine/Creepshow illustrator, Jack Kamen), came up with a vehicle that's certainly no Ford Mustang Boss 302, but some think this is our future.
What? No Training Wheels?
Perhaps someone knows why Segway remains so enamored with its side-by-side two-wheeled balancing technology (Segway calls it dynamic stabilization). The original Segway is revolutionary but in operation it looks like someone riding around upright on an old push lawnmower.
Would it hurt to just add a third wheel so we wouldn't have to worry about doing a header into oncoming traffic after hitting a pothole? Yes, the two wheel thing is mystifying and magical but how about a little tripodal stability.
George J. deserves better, don't you think?