We’re loving this DIY Segway a lot. Built by uppity students for less than $1000, the writing’s on the wall for future commercial copycat products to rival the rather expensive Kamen mobile. There’s clearly quite a bit of work to do – can you spell wobble-trolley? – but it’s a nice start. Can we call it a scooter yet?
When designing a segway, there’s a lot to consider. You have to make sure that the motors you’re using have enough torque to move the weight of a person around and keep them from falling. You have to be careful that the motor shafts won’t snap when a person hops onto the scooter. And of course, you have to make sure it can go fast and look cool. In addition to all that, we aimed for a few other features in our early design process.