Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick
mackys

[Nerdage] Roll your own Segway.

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Safety Features:

Segway: Everything is dual redundant. For example, "in the unlikely event of a battery failure, the system is designed to use the second battery to operate the machine and allow it to continue balancing until it is brought to a safe stop."

My scooter: There is no redundancy or backup system. It is not even robustly made. Loose wires literally dangle out the bottom. In the fairly likely event of the software crashing, a wire coming loose, a component failing, or the batteries running low, the wheels will stop and the entire kinetic energy of the system will be used to accelerate my head toward the ground.

http://tlb.org/scooter.html

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