Easy Build Self-Balancing Segway? For those of you who cannot afford to buy your own nano-scooter, there is indeed a low-cost way to build a module of one. The skateboard module is sure to work just like the real thing though obviously it will not look the same; you can get a board to go with it but that is not our main topic.
- The basic design is going to include a dual wheel component (you will learn what this is soon enough). The device will look and move more like a skateboard and lives up to the name hoverboard in several regards.
- The central wheel component is going to have all the needed elements attached in the proper ways to a tough and even square-shaped wooden board. The two wheels are closer together, motherboards and chip elements are present to run things including a sturdy motor and bicycle chains for smooth wheel movement.
- Detailed instructions can be found in this link.
- If you simply peruse that link, you will learn just what kinds of tools are required for this DIY hoverboard project and especially the types of electronics you need to buy and put together. Taking the help of a professional is a step in the right direction.
- The aim is to make a simple circuit that runs the motor via the power fed to it and firmly but strongly get the chains and wheels moving at ideal speeds.
- The design is going to be such that the wheels can move both forward and backward, akin to what a nano-scooter can accomplish.
- With the wheels underneath the wood board and the batteries (2 medium-duty ones) sitting atop, you have yourself the heart of a competent hoverboard.
- It can be rather tricky to make pressure pads to sense leanings and foot tilts to let the hoverboard module know which way to go. This is why you will be making a classic switch box with two toggles to let the motherboard know the direction you want to head in. This is where the self-balancing magic rests.
- With all the components in the right places, neatly and firmly positioned, you can get started on phase 2, namely a board on which you can stand.
That last step is not really required. Your aim from the get go is to make a robot or hoverboard module not a hoverboard itself. The engineering possibilities are quite profound.