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Today is the 65th birthday of the inventor of the self-balancing personal transportation Dean Kamen. Kamen is best known for inventing the product that became known as the Segway PT, an electric, self-balancing human transporter with a computer-controlled gyroscopic stabilization and control system. The device is balanced on two parallel wheels and is controlled by moving body weight. It is almost 15 years ago when Kamen reveled his invention but his idea goes back to the end of the last century, when he applied for a patent for this technology to produce the iBOT wheelchair for impaired people. The Segway PT was spread world wide and inspired many people, but due to strict regulations in many countries it had some hard times to make its way to the streets. Nowadays it's mainly used for touristic tours or entertainment, barely seen as a real vehicle for commuting in cities.
Shane Chen, an American businessman who founded the company Inventist has improved the original idea back in 2010 by creating the Solowheel, which followed the same principles of the Segway but reduced everything to a single wheel. This brought fresh wind into the market of self-balancing vehicles and we are facing many different models today. All eWheels we see nowadays are going back to the original engine and sensor design invented by the man who defined a new dress code of blue jeans, denim work shirt and a pair of Timberland boots, which he wears at any occasion.
Happy Birthday Dean Kamen and thank you for this world-changing invention!