This is a very cool all-terrain vehicle (ATV) modeled after the Segway, that is built with military or extreme sports in mind.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the DTV Shredder runs on tank treads, has a motocycle throttle, and the mobility of a skateboard.
The Shredder is made by BPG Werksand can go up to 30 miles per hour, has a three-foot turning radius, can haul up to 800 pounds over rocky terrain, and costs only $4,000.
This is a cost-effective, energy-efficient, rugged transportation mule can carry people, equipment, or supplies through friendly or hostile terrain, and it can even be used through a remote controller.
A precursor transit device from this company was the Uno–a very cool looking, self-balancing, all-electric unicycle–that won Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in 2007, was on the cover of Popular Science Magazine(2008), and secured $1.25 million from angel investors.
When we talk about mobile technology, everyone first thinks of smartphones and tablet computers, but new and improved modes of personal transportation can also be innovative and high-tech with applications for everything from snowmobiling to beach patrol and hunting to overseas deployments.
End of the world scenarios come to mind too–with a mobile device like this…outmaneuver, outwit, outlast.
Of course, having to stand for the whole ride can be a bummer, and an open ATV certainly does not imply all-weather, so practicality limits its usefulness, but this is still my cool gadget of the week for fighting or for fun. 😉