October 13, 2003

Roll Your Own Segway: Half-off

Weird at Twice the Price

Trevor Blackwell has whipped up his verions of the Segway in the gargage. Let him show you the trips and traps of Building a Balancing Scooter

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. Altogether it cost about $2000, or $2500 if you include the one-time costs of buying development kits and parts I ended up not using. That's less than half the cost of a Segway.
Warning: while you will save lots of money, you'll still look like a geek on this thing and be clothesline bait to every wiseguy in the city.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 13, 2003 4:15 PM
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