Dean Kamen - 60 Minutes II - 11/12/02 - New Inventiton?

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  1. Peter Kline

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    NOTE; THE DATE S/B 11/13/02 FOR THE BROADCAST.
    Mr. Kamen reportedly will show his version of the Stirling engine. A photo appears on his website:
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    If it works and can be manufactured easily (so far it cannot be) it would have a significant effect on our lives... well, maybe.
    Check your local newspaper for time and station in your area.
     
  2. Bob Movies

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    Wow, I'll definitely be watching this. Kamen is a genius, and I can't wait to see what his new invention will bring. I still haven't had the opportunity to ride on a Segway, but I really want to!
    UPDATE - it appears that this segment will be airing on Wednesday November 13, not Tuesday November 12 as stated in the thread title. Here's a link to the story on the 60 Minutes II website.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/...ain48284.shtml
     
  3. Scott McGillivray

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    What is his website's URL? I would love to read more about this.
     
  4. Peter Kline

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    Scott,
    You might want to check out www.segway.com also. It's a very interesting website devoted to that part of the company.
    Bob
     
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    Am I the only one that thinks the internal combustion engine really needs to go? I love throaty big block V8s as much as the next guy but gas & repairs for cars takes a big bite of our salaries. Oh and there's the pollution factor too..
     
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    I think the "unveiling" is going to be a rather small engine that can acutally be used to charge batteries on a lightweight vehicle such as a Segway HT. Any new engine technology, alas, will have a tough time in the marketplace. There are too many companies in place that want to keep the status quo.

    On another front, reports are that the consumer Segway will go on sale this coming Summer. Price bandied about is $3000.
     
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    I'm not really interested in being within 300 feet of anything that needs that many screws to hold it together. [​IMG]
     
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    I tuned into the show last night and I have a few observations.

    First, didn't 60 minutes do a story last year on the Segway when it was released? Why did we need another 20 minute segment on that when the point of the story was the Stirling Engine.

    I tuned into to see what the talk was all about the engine, not a recap of something thats been out there for over a year.

     
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    So, what actually happened in the show?
     
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    The first segment was about the Segway Personal Transporter and how it is being tested by local police and mail carriers in some cities and how they are trying to get legislation passed so it can be used on a daily basis on local sidewalks.

    The funniest part of that segment was when they interviewed a Pedestrian Rights group in San Francisco and how they are all against the Segway and how it will turn into the SUV of the sidewalk. Both me and my wife got a chuckle out of those loonies.

    Then the second segment was spent on his version of the Stirlng Engine. If this can be massed produced and done in an economical way, this engine will help with cleaning the environment and reduce or dependence on gas engines.

    Paul
     
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    SUV of the sidewalk? [​IMG]
    I can't imagine any current SUV-lovers buying a Segway! They'd have to raise it 2 feet off the ground, enclose it in a steel cage, triple the price, steer worse than a cow, and change the motor into a combustion engine, THEN it will sell! [​IMG]
     
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    I'll post the website that has more info on E85 gas:
    E85 Link
    Mike, it also looks like there are no refueling stations in Texas for E85 gas, but if your interested in getting that gas down there, they have a link on how to contact your local government
    Here in Minnesota there are about 65 refueling stations spread across the state.
     
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    Just noticed that the FDA has given approval for that stair climbing wheelchair that Kamen let Dan Rather tool around in.
     
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    The thing about the Segway is that I don't think it will ultimately be used on sidewalks. It seems to be more of a motor scooter / moped replacement that would ideally be served by bicycle-style lanes on the road. Pedestrian traffic is too dense in a lot of areas, so a Segway wouldn't be practical.

    I thought a good point from the show was when they spoke to the auto historian who said that in the 1900's there were many critics who said that cars would never be able to peacefully coincide with the horse and buggy. These people need to look at the big picture of how these could be used.

    Though that opens another political can of worms, specifically, if Segway is the only company that manufactures these scooters then is it really fair to make specific lanes for them in traffic? They seem to hold a monopoly on them. I wonder when there will be a knock-off or a competitor.

    Bob
     
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    my university has one of our airplanes dedicated to ethanol testing, not sure how it's going though..
     

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