What is inside a Self Balancing Scooter? Also called hoverboards, nano-scooters, or Segways, these marvels of engineering are also quite entertaining.
- Shaped somewhat like a dumbbell, the design allows you to stand flat on the two protrusions.
- Control features, inner components, and durable plastic comprise a self-balancing scooter that does its magic starting with sensing your weight as you get up on the flat portions.
- Lean forward or back – you can even try it with your hand and see how it works – and you will notice the wheels come into play and, sensing your weight shift, move the Segway in the required direction.
- The tiniest shift in balance is all you need to propel yourself forward and even backward, as well as other angles.Leaning in the needed direction is often the simplest maneuver required for this device.
- It mostly works on flat terrain so do not try your luck on slightly hilly zones or sloped areas.
- As for objects or obstacles, something as flimsy and near-airy as a pile of autumn leaves can be ridden through but not anything solid; so don’t try anything funny, you will end up damaging your nano-scooter and yourself if you fall off.
- Running on a lithium-ion battery, a Segway can be carefully opened starting with the plastic guard sections covering the tyres. This step is recommended only for a Segway you are probably never going to use again, because the only way to take a peek at the inner workings is to use a small saw to tear sections of plastic apart.
- Even with exposed wheels (since the guards are off) you can still work the Segway. As for the main chassis of the device, you can use screwdrivers where needed to get it off. The sawed away tyre guards make it simple to take the segment clean away.
- Once the bottom portion has fallen off, you will see the battery connected via multiple wires to a motherboard that controls one wheel. A similar setting can be found in the other dumbbell-like protrusion. You will find no battery in there but control wires and another motherboard component as well as a socket through which you charge the whole device (from the exterior, of course).
- A cylindrical bar connects the two portions and can turn slightly on its axis individually, so each dumbbell-like portion can move on its own as you lean on one foot and then the other.
- Unscrewing one of the motherboards reveals pressure pads that are crucial in weight detection. It is how the Segway even knows what direction you are asking it to take as you lean this way or that. Both tubular portions have a pair of pressure pads each (each pair is designed to detect forward and backward leanings). The pads are linked to the standing platforms, one on each side of the Segway.
A nano-scooter can be fun and highly amusing especially at parties. It is great for when you want to travel in a new style around a small neighborhood. Suffice to say a self-balancing scooter is not built for long-distance itineraries.