updated 09:00 pm EDT, Wed April 18, 2012
Little known about the Segway, Inc peripheral
In documents made available today by the Federal Communications Commission, a new device submitted for testing presents a Segway to PC connection unit known as the "Segway Seg-Link Diagnostic Tool." Directions in the sparse user's manual included in the filing suggests that the device is intended for end users of the Segway.
The FCC listing is remarkably short on details on the specific functionality of the device beyond "diagnostics," as Segway, Inc requested three documents associated with the FCC testing be withheld from public release at this time. There is a rudimentary manual describing installation and connection of the device associated with the FCC filing, and it appears it can either connect to the Segway by way of a wireless connection, or a D-Sub 9 cable direct to the service ports of the unit. What data is transmitted back to a Windows PC is not known at this time.
Segway, Inc declines to report sales figures, but reports suggest that close to 100,000 of the personal mobile transportation vehicle have been sold through 90 dealers across the world. More than 1,200 police and private security departments use the Segway worldwide. Shortly after acquiring the company in 2010, British investor James Heselden died when accidentally driving one of his transporters over a cliff. This year marks Segway, Inc's tenth anniversary. [via Engadget]