As most everyone predicted, the mysterious IT project (aka Ginger) turned out to be a compact transportation machine, with room for one standing rider.

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At first glance, this device (called the SegwayTM Human Transporter) doesn't seem all that remarkable -- it looks like a high-tech scooter. But people who have tried it out claim that it is much, much more -- a completely different way to get around.

Dean Kamen, the machine's inventor, has especially high hopes for the Segway. In an interview with Time Magazine, he claimed that his machine "will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy."

In this edition of HowStuffWorks, we'll find out what sets the Segway apart from earlier vehicles, and we'll see why its inventor Dean Kamen thinks it will change the world. While it may not live up to the year of hype preceding its release, the Segway is most definitely an amazing machine.