D.I.Y. Segway progress
A group of about 12 students (MIT undergrad and grad plus high school students from FIRST Robotics teams 97, 2043, and soon-to-be-numbered Wayland HS rookies, and The Education Cooperative, have taken on the summer task of constructing a functional Segway-like scooter. Sponsored by The Edgerton Center, the D.I.Y. Segway is both a fun summer project and an educational experiment for hands-on engineering curricula.
More info: http://web.mit.edu/first/segway
- Lightweight aluminum frame, ~35 lbs. without battery, with a handle and shoulder straps for increased portability. (Lightest D.I.Y. Segway ever built? Lightest Segway ever built, period?)
- CIM motors with compact BaneBots 16:1 planetary gearboxes.
- Top speed of 8+ MPH, software limited.
- Lean steering, same as the newer Segway models.
- Analog Devices iMEMS accelerometers and gyroscope for balance sensing and lean steering control.
- IFI Victor 884 12V, 40A speed controllers.
- Fully wireless programming, telemetry, and control. Controller based on the Machine Science XBoard.
- Two cupholders.
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