Fact File about the Invention of the Segway: Invention: Segway *** Date of Invention: 2001 *** Name of Inventor: Dean Kamen *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1951 - Present *** Nationality of Inventor: American *** Historical Period: Technology and Information Age *** Category: Transportation *** Country of Origin: America *** Facts about the Inventor, Dean Kamen,†and the invention of the Segway ***
Fact 1: Who invented the Segway? The Segway, best described as a stand-up
scooter, was invented by Dean Kamen in 2001 during the Technology and Information Age of inventions.
Fact 2: Who invented the Segway? Prior to the invention of the Segway in 2001, the
pedal bicycle was invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in 1839.
Fact 3: Who invented the Segway? John K. Starley invented the Rover
Safety Bicycle in 1885 and the 20th century saw the rise of specialized bikes
such as the Chopper, the BMX and the Mountain Bike. But the invention of the two
wheeled Segway was something completely different...
Fact 4: Who invented the Segway? The Segway inventor, Dean Kamen, was born on April 5, 1951 in
Long Island, New York, United States.
Fact 5: Who invented the Segway? The early years of Dean Kamen were spent in
Long Island, New York, United States where he was raised by his family. His
father Jack Kamen, was an illustrator for publications such as Weird Science and
Mad. His mother Evelyn Kamen, was a teacher.
Fact 6: Who invented the Segway? Dean Kamen was always interested in new
ideas and inventions. By the time he was at High school he had began to make
money by designing and installing light and sound systems.
Fact 7: Who invented the Segway? Dean Kamen graduated from High School,
by which time his was earning more money from his inventions than both of his
parent wages put together. He went on to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute
(WPI) in Massachusetts.
Fact 8: Who invented the Segway? As a student at WPI Dean Kamen continued
with his inventions and nurtured his passion for technology and went on to
invent. the first wearable infusion pump, a medical device used to deliver drugs
or fluids into a patientís body in a controlled manner. His wearable drug
infusion pump rapidly gained acceptance with various medical bodies and was used
in chemotherapy ttreatments for cancer patients.
Fact 9: Who invented the Segway? Dean Kamen dropped out of Worcester
Polytechnic Institute, eager to pursue a career in developing and creating new
Fact 10: Who invented the Segway? In 1976, Dean Kamen founded his first
medical device company, called AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the
Fact 11: Who invented the Segway? AutoSyringe, Inc. became incredibly
successful and Dean Kamen had invented other medical pumps and devices such as
the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics.
Fact 12: Who invented the Segway? In 1982, at the age of 30, Dean Kamen
sold AutoSyringe, Inc. to another health company, Baxter International, in a
deal that made Dean Kamen a multimillionaire.
Fact 13: Who invented the Segway? Dean Kamen then founded a new company
called DEKA Research & Development, a play on his name "DEan KAmen" and went on
to invent numerous other inventions that advanced medical care.
Fact 14: Who invented the Segway? He went on to establish an organization
dedicated to motivating kids to understand, use, and enjoy science and
technology. He called the organisation FIRST (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology). In 2000 Dean Kamen
awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton.
Fact 15: Who invented the Segway? The invention of the Segway began much
earlier when in 1992 Dean Kamen had began to develop the iBOT, a powered
wheelchair. The iBOT resembled a traditional power wheelchair, but was narrower,
more compact and had the unique ability to balance on two-wheels. The iBot was
controlled by a sophisticated array of gyroscopes, electric motors, and
Fact 16: Who invented the Segway? The iBot powered wheelchair could be
used over over rough terrain was even able to climb stairs. The mobility of the
iBot stair-climbing wheelchair was so amazing that its was nicknamed 'Fred'
after the great dancer Fred Astaire. The iBot wowed the world and inspired Dean
Kamen to invent another powered vehicle that would eventually be called the
Fact 17: Who invented the Segway? The invention of the Segway used Dean
Kamen's unique balancing technology of the iBOT wheelchair. The Segway
super scooter no brakes, no engine (battery-powered), and no steering wheel.
Fact 18: Who invented the Segway? During its development the Segway was
nicknamed 'Ginger' after Fred Astaire's famous dancing partner Ginger Rogers.
News of the development of the super scooter was leaked and led to a huge amount
of speculation before the vehicle was launched.
Fact 19: Who invented the Segway? 'Ginger' was eventually revealed on
December 3, 2001 as the Segway. The small footprint electrical vehicle used a
process called dynamic stabilization, that worked with human equilibrium and
responding to the movement of the person.
Fact 20: Who invented the Segway? The Segway accelerated as the person
leaned forward and stopped when the person tilted backwards or stepped off. The
mobility of the Segway was such that it was able to perform full turns steered
Fact 21: Who invented the Segway? The Segway weighed 80 pounds and
achieve speeds of up to 12.5 mph, and was able to get up to 17 miles out of a
Fact 22: Who invented the Segway? The Segway did not quite live up to the
original hype and various problems with the design have been addressed over the
years. It is still expensive but has been put to successful use by emergency
medical services and special police forces.