How To Build Your Own Segway

Engineer and robotic enthusiast Trevor Blackwell details how to build your own Segway using off-the-shelf parts.
April 5, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Self-balancing scooters, like the Segway™ are often thought to be technological miracles, but it is not actually very hard to build one. I built the one described here in about a week using off-the-shelf parts. I spent another week tweaking the high-speed stability, improving the steering control, and writing about it. Although the Segway has several exotic components, mine is built from common low-tech parts like wheelchair motors and RC car batteries. The parts, even at small quantity retail prices, cost less than half of a genuine Segway. It also doesn't need complex or high-performance software. The first version was written in Python and used serial ports to talk to the gyroscope and motor controller."

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Published on Friday, April 2, 2004 in Trevor Blackwell
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