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April 10, 2005

"Egg Freckles?" - Products Beware!

When Garry Trudeau mocked the Apple Newton in Doonesbury for its poor handwriting recognition, he did a lot to doom the device. At that moment, the device became unable to take seriously. So that even when it was improved in later versions, it carried with it the stigma of... mockery.

I've thought about that when thinking about the Segway Human Transporter. Perhaps the most hyped product launch in the history of mankind, the Segway had about a week of maybe seeming cool. Then it kind of was forgotten. But then a couple years ago, with the debut of Arrested Development, we had brilliant product placement for the Segway. It's the way that GOB, the self-involved terribly magician, gets around.


Could we ever take the Segway seriously again?

Posted by peterme at April 10, 2005 06:37 PM


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