Chapter Three | The Prototype

I’ve spended 6 months infront of my computer for mechanical design. So in June 2014 I was able to create a prototype of a kit that could easily be installed on a Segway without permanent modifications on the platform. It had a seat glider and a suspension, and you could steer it with a foldable stick. It intended it to have a reclining back and a parking stand but those I had then developed did not work well enough. They needed further development.

So I had to develop more parking stands. Parking stands. Parking stands… I was obsessed. I spent every single cent I owned to create useless parking stands that didn’t work properly.

The only things I had gained from that prototype were know-how and a short video on the beach. I had reached a point where I had to find additional resources or quit, since in Greece finding an investor is practically impossible. So I decided to move 1000 km away from my hometown, to the beautiful island of Crete and work as a waiter during August. I am grateful for every single tip I received from my customers there. They were the founders of my future…

Pictures

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The glider and suspension worked great

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The back as it was supposed to look like. It never worked well so it changed

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The prototype featuring glider and suspension on a platform i2

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The same prototype on an x2 platform. Instalation was very easy. Glider and suspension worked great. I was still in a great need for a reclining back and an operational safe parking stand

Video

It was a blessed day having fun on a beautifull beach. At the same night I desided to become a waiter for a month in order to fund the next prototype