Gretchen Ryan takes a demo drive with inventor Kevin Halsall.

Gretchen Ryan takes a demo drive with inventor Kevin Halsall. Photos by Roberto.Amado-Cattaneo

In a 2016 video, a man seated on a cool-looking modified Segway called an Ogo wowed viewers with a slick demo of the device’s hands-free driving capabilities. By simply leaning in the direction he wanted to go, the rider effortlessly navigated long stretches of beach, wilderness trails and urban environments, all at high speeds. The video quickly went viral, and created a lot of buzz among wheelers. Two years later, the Ogo is finally coming to market.

Ogo is the brainchild of New Zealand design engineer Kevin Halsall. The idea grew out of his friendship with Marcus Thompson, the T12 para riding the Ogo in the viral video. Sharing a mutual