Ninebot Segway is an adorable robot-turns-hoverboard. Or the other way around. It isn’t quite clear which function takes precedence with the newly presented Ninebot Segway. What is clear is that Intel and Xiaomi have done a great job in bringing this little fellow to the public.
Segway has been for most of the time the joke of the town. Representing a brand of mostly hoverboards used by tourists during ‘walking tours’ or mall security officers, it seemed a far away dream that any of these devices could ever become a robot.
Well, Intel and Xiaomi proved that it can be done. Ninebot Segway is an adorable robot-turns-hoverboard. Modular, Ninebot Segway may convert into either a hoverboard reaching knee height or a robot that can accomplish a number of tasks and functions. It will take you from point A to point B on the two perfectly balanced wheels. It might be a little tricky to get the hang of it initially, considering there is no handlebar to hold on to, but it’s surely a delight. Travelling at a speed of 18km per hour, the Ninebot Segway will turn into a robot as the trip is completed and the master commands it.
The self-balancing adorable robot will surface immediately as the ride is completed. A screen for a head and Lego-like arms will complete the image of the little fellow. Ninebot senses its surroundings, it can recognize the objects in its way as well as people and their voices. A development kit which is to be released in the second half of 2016 will further enable Ninebot Segway to perform a variety of other functions.
Ninebot Segway was demonstrated at CES 2016 by CEO Brian Krzanich. The charming bot opened its eyes and cheerfully saluted everyone in the room. It then went around following Krzanich by recognizing his voice and with the help of the integrated camera.
Ninebot Segway also fulfilled the role of a robotic butler. The adorable robot answered the door and then guided guests into the room, never stumbling on any obstacle.
Ninebot Segway is the result of the Intel-Xiaomi partnership. Segway was purchased last year in April by Ninebot, a Chinese startup backed by Xiaomi. Recently, Ninebot announced that it will keep the Segway name while Ninebot will be reserved for the name of a brand.
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