What Is the Future of Segway Polo?
When does a new technology cross the line from niche to mainstream?
For new modes of transportation, maybe that line runs across a polo field. Since 2004, Segway enthusiasts in California have been organizing matches of Segway polo. The group has grown into the International Segway Polo Association, which hosts an annual championship tournament called the Woz Challenge Cup (named after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak).
Intentionally or not, the game hearkens back to early matches of auto polo, which helped to popularize the automobile in the 1910’s. This Times article describes one game, held in 1912 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The Library of Congress has a few intriguing photos of auto polo players in action.
Auto polo has faded from the scene, but not before demonstrating the agility, durability, and overall cool factor of the then-newfangled automobile. Might Segway polo do the same?
(Hat tip: Neatorama)