Many people would relish the chance to own a Segway personal transport device, however often baulk at the purchase price. Let's fact it - they're fun but not cheap. However if you're handy with some tools and basic electronics then you can make your own following the great instructions by Ira Hart.
His version operates in the same manner as the original, and uses a minimum of components - and thus the total cost of the device could be less than $500. The system is powered by cheap lead-acid batteries and uses two 24V DC motors for traction - with the Arduino and a digital accelerometer taking care of this tilt and motion control. And it really does work - check it out in the following video:
For complete details on how to make your own, check out Ira's Instructable page. And don't forget to wear a helmet! And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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