Toyota Geeks It Up Segway Style – Winglet

Posted on Aug 4 2008 - 9:04am by L.

Toyota Winglet



As if Segway wasn’t lame enough, Toyota joined the lineup of Segway’s knockoffs with a gimp little entry called Winglet. Winglet sounds more like a Maxi Pad knockoff for tiny cooters but I digress. Since Sony scrapped most of its robotics division (yes kids they shot Aibo the dog), Toyota stepped in and picked up some of the bits. If Segway was a Ferrari, Winglet would be a Yugo – its top speed is 3.4mph, but you do get the same undeniable douche bag-geek-factor look and feel while riding it. From the video, looks like if you aren’t embarrassed to walk next to a person on a Winglet, you have to walk SLOWLY. Why oh why?!

Video After the break.

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Futon August 4, 2008 at 10:03 am -

    How much?

  2. Ed August 5, 2008 at 4:11 am -

    Now, to be fair, the one shot where the guy is walking next to the Winglet rider is during demonstrations. The guy on the thing looks like he is just learning, while the walker is a sales rep helping him out.

    That being said, the thing is just too damn small to cause a fun accident like I once saw with a Segway at a trade show demo. Which is a shame, cause that might be fun to watch.

  3. Lola87 August 5, 2008 at 8:00 am -

    @Ed < Nothing like watching a Segway rider go face first when the thing runs out of juice and the wheels seize 🙂

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