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#1 Louis Puli SOC

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:08 PM

Hi every
just a few minutes ago(in Melbourne Australia) Joe the cameraman just came off a segway . Drove over a helmet and over he went .

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:48 PM

Wow. Glad he is ok!

How is the sled...?
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 11:48 PM

Oh Boy!, Glad he seemed alright, falling onto the sled like that I was afraid for his face.
Great attitude about it afterwards though, and it was very nice of the players to come to his aid when it happened.
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#4 Pete Barta

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:13 AM

Hey Louis,

Thanks for posting.

I feel sorry for Joe whose now a Youtube sensation!

If your reading this joe you can borrow my rig if yours is bent?

Cheers,

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:43 AM

For those who dont know, Joe is a legendary / infamous sports cameraman / steadicam operator here in Australia.

Pete - As far as I can tell, it was channel 9's OLD rig that didnt work properly anyway!
(Model 2 thin non extendable post, gimbal and topstage with custom base and a Panasonic monitor - looks like a beefy 1st gen Flyer). Horrible, Horrible thing to fly!
With no doubt, the worst 3a arm I've ever flown as well!

JP

Edited by James Puli, 27 December 2011 - 12:44 AM.

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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:56 AM

I love you Aussies.

I will say this: I am concerned for all of you guys who are doing the Segway thing. The combination of that much speed with the operator's attention being more dialed in to the monitor than on driving--just seems like the possibility for the unknown to throw a spanner into the works is always going to be there. It's great that Joe was able to walk away with a smile on his face, but sooner or later someone's not going to be as lucky.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:49 AM

Glad he's not hurt. This is why we totally enclose the Steadiseg wheels with the safety fenders—so this kind of accident can't happen.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:55 AM

As for his rig from what we have been told is fine just a few bent thing .The only helmet on the MCG ground and Joe found it.
This is a still of the rig Joe was using . This is a different operator
Chris you are 100% right some kind of bumper /fender around the front would have stopped it from happening.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:37 AM

Glad he's not hurt. This is why we totally enclose the Steadiseg wheels with the safety fenders—so this kind of accident can't happen.

Chris

????
Are you saying that you CANT drive over something with your fenders on????
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#10 chris fawcett

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 05:44 AM

In this case—a fairly typical Segway accident—the fenders would knock the helmet away.
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 02:54 PM

And if it was something thats permanent there like a kerbstone, those fenders could make you fall over. The guy just had bad luck, could happen all of us.
I am not sure of fenders would be the best solution, the thing is, we keep watching the monitor to much and we dont look around enough. Its a constant tricky part of using a segway. I see people using a segway in places where i question why? SOme things are just as good on foot, perhaps even better. In this case, yeah, i understand why the use it, but a spotter with constant radio contact would be good.

Or couple of sensors making the segway slowin down or even stop if objects are coming close to the wheels, i am sure it could be done, its no rocket sience.
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#12 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 07:56 PM

Joe should get Vodafone service for life....
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 08:19 PM

How about a monitor on the sled (like a return monitor) that shows a camera view in front of the wheels when going forward or reverse? Akin to the cameras in newer cars that help you back out of a parking space?
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Posted 27 December 2011 - 09:26 PM

Actually I recently shot a footaball ....er...."project" with James Franco. I was flyng a 3D rig on my segway and getting all kinds of great footage and halfway thru the day almost the same thing happened to me!

I was doing circles around the huddle and one of the players left the football on the ground...I had the offroad tires on and as you can imagine one of my wheels went right over the football. I actually jumped off the segway landed on my feet and held onto my rig. The segway kinda flopped over and I had to wrestle with it for a few seconds until a grip swooped in and stabilized the segway. So I narrowly avoided disaster. That's the closest I came to ever crashing my segway......with 3D rigs and 2 cameras that can be just a bit expensive.

Looking back at the incident my feeling is that If I was expecting it or seen the ball just before I could of actually rode it out. I had the offroad tires aired down.... But since it surprised me I jumped off and bailed.

Since the day seamed doomed already, later that day when I was following our lead actor thru a football play(We didn't have much time to rehearse).....one of the players missed his mark and I got tackled! I had the rig on my vest and got tackled from my right side....luckily I landed on my knees and held the rig up. So it never touched the ground. So finally the unthinkable happened to me...going down with your rig...

The most amazing part....I caught the whole thing on my go pro that I mounted on my monitor facing me :D

When a get some time I have to share that video....picture me runing along with my rig then getting swiped by a 250lbs. linebacker.....

Good times....
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:07 AM

As for his rig from what we have been told is fine just a few bent thing .The only helmet on the MCG ground and Joe found it.
This is a still of the rig Joe was using . This is a different operator
Chris you are 100% right some kind of bumper /fender around the front would have stopped it from happening.



I wish that old Channel 9 rig would die.
I messaged Joe yesterday and he said it was still going even after the fall, damn it...
.AJ
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