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Matthew Torino 19 April 2008 Info Tech and Informatics Analysis Paper- Topic #1 Segways: How Are They Socially Constructed?
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SCOT Analysis Paper Honor Statement Please indicate that you agree with the following statement: 1.    I have done my own research for this paper, and the writing is my own.   If there  are any words that are taken from another writer, another student, a website or  any other source, I’ve placed them in quotation marks and have given attribution  to the source of the quote. Matthew Torino                          4/19/08 ________________________________________________________________ Signature  Date 2.      I have read the university’s statement on intellectual honesty/plagiarism and I  understand it.   Matthew Torino                          4/19/08 ________________________________________________________________ Signature Date
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Segways were once intended to change the world. Cities would become carless making other transportation just another thing of the past. These personal transporters would be able to bring anyone anywhere they wanted without the danger of car accidents and as much traffic. If smaller vehicles are on the road, traffic will become more scarce. Some clearly believes that the future is today. Segway.com markets their new models as “a great way to enjoy the ride while commuting to work, running errands, or just traveling a short distance where a car is more hassle than it's worth. The Segway x2 brings added versatility to your world, offering sturdy capability in rugged off-sidewalk terrains such as trails, bike paths or beachfronts” (2008). They are faster than walking and the company and its creator, Dean Kamen, believe not only can cars be eliminated by Segways, but walking over medium distances can be as well. If a walk is a hassle but there is no obvious use to take a car, the Segway is there to be used. That is the primary purpose according to their official website. However, if they reached their ultimate goal, cities would become carless and the world would rely on their beloved inventions. But, like in many cases of technology full of potential, the hopes just did not come to fruition. Sales have been modest at best. One potential reason is price; the lowest price on amazon.com is $5699.99 for basically the same job that a bicycle can do. Bicycles are a fraction of the price, making the Segway a hard buy for anyone even interested. The social construction of the Segway will reveal just how the it’s fate came to be and the processes it went through to get to that status. The purpose of this paper is to show how the Segway was introduced into our
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course ITI 103 taught by Professor Mohr during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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