Making your own Segway, the Arduino way

After obtaining motors from a broken wheelchair, this father-son duo went to work turning them into a new “Segway.”

The DIY transporter is controlled by an Arduino Uno, along with a pair of motor drivers that handle the device’s high current needs. An MPU-6050 allows it to react as the rider leans forward and backwards, moving with the help of a PID loop. Steering is accomplished via a potentiometer, linked to a bent-pipe control stick using a bottle cap and glue.

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