Thursday, June 30, 2005
Another way of having a Balancing Scooter like Segway is to build it yourself.
Self-balancing scooters, are often thought to be technological miracles, but it is not actually very hard to build one.
Although the Segway has several exotic components, this one 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. The current software, now in C running in an onboard 8-bit microcontroller, is only 500 lines of code.