Almost everyone who has seen Tron Legacy comes out thinking one thing: “I want a Light Cycle.” Unfortunately, they don’t exist.
But I now have created the next-best thing: a Segway i2 Personal Transporter (PT) customized to look as if it just glided right off the Grid.
Yes, I realize that by customizing my Segway in the style of Tron I have managed to add even more nerdiness to an already ultra-nerdy mode of transportation. But I think it’s pretty darn awesome.
Here’s a video of it in action:
And yeah, I had to make a Tron-like video too, complete with fake monitor scan lines and a wash of blue light. Go ahead, call me a nerd. I’ll wait.
Update (1/11/11): Today proved to be a popular day for my Tron Segway. It was featured on Gizmodo, in the Wired.com Gadget Lab and was even tweeted about by Tron Legacy star Olivia Wilde.
Her thoughts? “You’re welcome, world.”
A couple more photos of the Tron Segway:
Wouldn’t this thing look great gliding through ElecTRONica at the Disney California Adventure theme park? (Too bad Disney doesn’t allow guests to bring Segways into the parks. And I live in Florida, not California…)
Making of the Tron Segway
So how did I transform the Segway into something one step short of a Light Cycle? Honestly, I didn’t change all that much on it. The Segway is already a pretty futuristic device and would instantly fit in with the world of Tron without any modifications.
And that’s it! To plan the design, I first took pictures of the front and back of the Segway:
Then I sifted through a bunch of Tron Legacy images before I decided to model my design after this costume:
I brought the Segway pictures into Photoshop and mocked up the design:
After completing and printing the design, I sat down with my roll of reflective tape and scissors and begin to piece it together, strip-by-strip. Here’s what it looked like halfway through:
The reflective tape looks plain white under normal ambient light, but when hit directly by a light beam, it reflects brightly back and resembles the glowing Tron Legacy costumes, Light Cycles, and everything else on the Grid: