[quote]Originally posted by gEEk:
<strong>And... this is just the first model...</strong><hr></blockquote>
There you go...
There will be an "All-terrain Edition", a "Shopping Edition", a "BMW Luxury Edition", a "Junior Edition", a "Titanium Edition" (lighter weight), a "Large Edition" (improving upon the current 250lb limit, etc.
The reason it travels at 12 MPH is because it has been limited to do so for safety reasons. Theoretically, "Segway Highways" could be built in certain areas allowing for faster travel. Perhaps the Segway could be built with a sensor that detects when it's on a "Highway", allowing it to travel to 20 MPH or more.
The disabled stand to gain hugely from this device:
One major effect of this device is that wheelchair access will be improved.
Another is that semi-disabled people will gain full mobility.
Even though this device uses balance to control the throttle, there's no reason another form of throttle control could be used to allow people with Parkinson's and similar movement limiting disabilities to use the device.
Custom modified versions can be created for the specific needs of the disabled.
I agree with Steve Jobs completely. Cities will be modified to accommodate this device. The unpainted design is ugly (like it's for hospital use) but we all know custom paint jobs are right around the corner.
There can even be one built with Harmon Kardon speakers on the handlebars and a cool little iPod mounting system!