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Title: Self balancing vehicle lowcost Arduino based
Post by: XenonJohn on Mar 23, 2010, 08:30 pm
Hi everyone,

I have been building self balancing vehicles for a couple of years now. These are like a Segway but designed to be ridden like a skateboard.
These had AVR based robot microcontroller boards until recently when I taught myself the basics of Arduino. This would have saved me a lot of time if I had done it earlier.
I took a board to a maker faire in the UK recently and was inundated with interest.
As a result I have designed a self balancing platform powerful enough to carry weight of a human that could be used as the basis of a Segway project a skateboard project or maybe a robot.
I have ruthlessly cut the cost to the minimum needed to make it work, and, it is now Arduino based!
Build instructions here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-build-self-balancing-skateboardrobotsegway-/

People are asking me for the code so I have put it here:

http://sites.google.com/site/onewheeledselfbalancing/Home/easy-build-low-cost-arduino-self-balancer

Be warned, such a device if it suddenly stops can throw you off. I cannot be responsible for any inuries. On the other hand if you keep the speed below about 10mph you can jump off at a run and be fine.

Best wishes
John
Title: Re: Self balancing vehicle lowcost Arduino based
Post by: spookybonus on Mar 24, 2010, 06:21 am
man that's awesome! if i had the extra money to drop on the motor controller and the IDG500 i would totally be making one...hopefully sometime soon i can.
Title: Re: Self balancing vehicle lowcost Arduino based
Post by: amacmullen14 on Mar 24, 2010, 01:28 pm
That's pretty epic.
Title: Re: Self balancing vehicle lowcost Arduino based
Post by: novice on Mar 25, 2010, 09:20 am
The Instructables page states:
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I took my self-balancing skateboard to a recent Maker Faire, March 2010 Newcastle UK

Gee, talk about "recent" ...

Thanks for sharing John.
Title: Re: Self balancing vehicle lowcost Arduino based
Post by: JessetheBotty on Dec 22, 2010, 06:10 am
Hi, can I please get a copy of the code?  I am stuck on a couple things.  Thank you.  Nice job!