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The owner of Segway died on Sunday riding one of his companys electric scooters off a cliff and into a river.The 62-year-old millionaire Jimi Heselden crashed into the River Wharfe in Northern England while inspecting his North Yorkshire estate, according to multiple reports.Heselden was riding a rugged-country version of the Segway, which was also recovered at the scene, according to the Telegraph.Unveiled in 2001, the Segway was invented by Dean Kamen, who dreamed of launching a transportation revolution.

The scooter contains five gyroscopes linked to a set of computers to monitor a riders center of gravity.Heselden, chairman of Hesco Bastian and a former miner who earned millions from defense contracts, purchased the Segway company in early 2010.Hesco Bastian this morning posted a memorial message and a photo of Heselden, below the jump:Homepage photo: Jann Droneaud/Flickr.See Also:Wired 11.03: Segways BreakdownDec..

Source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/09/segway-death/
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