July 16, 2013

The "Sitway" self-balancing chair transporter

Sir Winston Churchill once said "Never stand up when you can sit down", and perhaps taking that famous quote into account, retired engineer Roland MacDonald has created the equivalent of a Segway personal transporter that operates in the same manner - except the rider is seated. Roland's "Sitway" is an amazing build which uses two electric wheelchair motors which are controlled via an Arduino and a regenerative motor driver board. In the following video you can see the inventor take the Sitway for a test ride:

That's fantastic, and the build is fully documented over at Instructables. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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