Segway toughens up, heads in new directions

New omnidirectional RMP (Robotic Mobility Platform) is reportedly due at RoboBusiness.

Apparently the people behind the Segway are finally starting to listen to the incessant mocking of the personal transporter as the ultimate in dorkdom. The evidence: It's preparing to debut a new RMP (Robotic Mobility Platform) at the RoboBusiness conference that looks more appropriate for a desert battlefield than a paved sidewalk.

It's a far more macho version of the first RMP released more than a year ago, which was developed for use by robots . The new model--which could cost as much as $50,000--can carry up to 400 pounds, according to MAKE, and has omnidirectional wheels for ultimate maneuverability (as long as doesn't have the same flaws found in the original, that is.)

We don't know why it so long for them to come up with this idea. After all, the " Tri-Clops Mutant " has been doing this for ages.

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