Global Positioning System (GPS): Segway and GPS
(Segway, a modern invention, offers GPS with their transporter)
The Segway HT (Segway Human Transporter) is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, computer-controlled, battery-powered gyroscopic light-mode transportation device invented by Dean Kamen and unveiled in December 2001.
It is produced by the company Segway Inc., which is based in Bedford, New Hampshire.
Kamen founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation in 1982. With his inventions, DEKA now employs about 200 people. According to the company's website, DEKA's mission is "to foster innovation".
In addition, the company states: "Segway continues to focus our research and development efforts on creating versatile, agile, short-range devices that utilize the patented dynamic stabilization technology and advanced alternative-power systems."
"Today, Segway is focused on serving its customers by developing safe, unique products that are redefining personal transportation for consumers and businesses.
We work with commercial and municipal organizations to realize the benefits of zero-emission personal transportation that increase productivity and utilize existing infrastructure."
Kamen was already a successful and wealthy inventor before he produced the Segway. After inventing a new type of mobile dialysis system for medical applications, as well as an all-terrain electric wheelchair known as the IBOT, he utilized this technology by using the same gyroscopic balancing technologies that later made their way into the Segway. More information about the "milestones" in the history of the Segway are available.