More and more Free Hardware projects are helping to create a functional vehicle. At the moment this is limited to creating autonomous skateboards, motorized bikes and even electric wheelchairs. To this long list of gadgets and vehicles we have to add the Segway. Thanks to the project Arduino Segway, any user can have a segway.
The Segway is an autonomous vehicle that is used in many places, despite the fact that it does not travel the same speeds as a car. But this does not make the device low cost, on the contrary. A segway vehicle can sometimes cost more than a motorcycle. That is why this project has been created and it is totally free.
Arduino Segway is a project that we can find in Instructables. This project means that with few elements we can have a homemade Segway, although the design is not as elegant as the original Segway. To build this vehicle we must first get a motor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a Arduino UNO.
Arduino Segway works with a simple board Arduino UNO
If indeed this device is not equipped with the most powerful Arduino board but with a basic board it works perfectly. We also need other elements such as a table for the base, two wheels, a handlebar, a battery to give autonomy, cables, screws, etc ... Everything is detailed on the Instructables website as well as the software that we will need to run this device. Of course, all this makes the Arduino Segway is cheaper and more profitable than the original Segway.
As you can see in the video, the operation is almost perfect but it does not have the class that the original Segway and possibly cannot circulate in many places as it is not a certified vehicle, but for many needs it is more than enough Do not you think?