Segway CTO Scoots Over to Apple

July 8th, 2008 at 12:00 am

 Doug Field

He’s probably no Steve Jobs but they both share a knack for peering into the future.  Doug Field , CTO of Segway designed the self-balancing scooter that is still today considered a technological marvel.  Though it did not revolutionize the way people traveled, it’s still a piece of technology that is undeniably innovative.

Doug Field was with Segway from day zero.  Now, Field will be taking a post with Apple as Vice President for Product Development.   He will be working along with Apple’s senior vice president for industrial design Jonathan Ive, the main designer of iMac, iPod and iPhone.   Chances are, with Field and Ive working together, they’ll come up with something that will totally blow us all away. 

The announcement made in Segway Chat , a forum, said,

"Doug has been the driving force in making the Segway what it is today and will be sorely missed at the company. However, with every change comes good and bad. So while it’s bad the rich history and experience of Doug is leaving, it’s good in that perhaps the team will get a fresh perspective into possible engineering solutions for future versions of the Segway (or Segway-like applications). And hey, what can be better than a gig at Apple? These days, in the design and engineering world, not much!! We wish Doug all the luck in moving on!!" 

The infusion of fresh talent into Apple also gives us insight and speculation into Steve Jobs’ health and capacity to lead the company he once founded then rejuvenated with aggressive zeal and leadership.  It is possible that apple is taking steps to a company without Steve Jobs hence the hiring of extraordinary talent and opensourcing  some products like Safari.

Jobs appeared to be in frail health the last time he delivered his infamous Stevenote keynotes at the WWDC last June.  However, Apple claims that he has been on the recovering stage after a flu that time. Still it is possible that Steve may not be able to be as aggressive and zealous as before.

With Doug Field joining Apple, it is highly likely that we will see innovations like the Segway roll out of the Apple factory.