The Segway Human Transporter came to market in 2002 as the invention of Dean Kamen, an entrepreneur from New Hampshire who made his fortune after he created the first insulin pump for treatment of diabetes. At the time, Mr. Kamen said that the Segway would have an impact on society similar to that of the personal computer.
Although it is a sadly ironic yet rapidly growing myth that Heselden himself invented the Segway vehicle that led to his ultimate demise the Segway was actually invented by American physicist Dean Kamen in 2001, and his company was purchased just this year by Heselden the rumor did get the Surge Desk thinking about inventors who met their demise by their own creations. Here are five examples. See even more at Wikipedia's excellent list.
The unique Segway transporter relies on electricity to recharge its batteries and travels at speeds up to 12.5 mph (20 kph), the company says on its website. It is more protective of the environment than other scooters and automobiles, the company says, claiming it is 11 times more efficient than the average American car and also can be used indoors because it has no emissions.
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