I can hardly walk through a supermarket aisle without clumsily knocking something over. An amputee equipped with Dean Kamen’s incredible, shoe-controlled prosthetic arm, however, selects produce with grace. It’s enough to make you forget about the Segway.
Tomorrow, squads of rough and tumble robots will face off in an elaborate competition involving a hard-hitting soccer in a robo-ready jungle gym arena. The craziest part: all the bots are built by high school students.
The early ’00s saw a lot of breathless reporting about the Segway. Steve Jobs endorsed it and Time magazine ran a massive piece with the humbling title “Reinventing The Wheel” – the conclusion of three months of in-depth reportage.