SparkFun will be closing early at 3:30 Friday 5/27 and remain closed Monday for Memorial Day (5/30). Orders placed after 2pm MT on Friday (5/27) will process and ship out on Tuesday (5/31).
One quick order of business before we delve into today's project - a few members of SparkFun will be attending DEFCON at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. We aren't bringing the whole crew out, but there will be a few of us there in a non-official capacity. Look for Brennen, Nick, Ben, and Rob from our IT Department and Chris from Engineering in SparkFun garb.
Have you ever looked at a mall cop zipping along on a Segway and thought, "Hey, I wish I could just build one of those." No? Well, I have to admit - neither have I. Until, that is, I saw this awesome project from SparkFun customer Petter - the DIY Segway.
Petter used a bunch of clever mechanical engineering, some electric scooter parts, an ATMega168, an ADXL203 accelerometer, and a host of other electronics to build an amazing homegrown Segway that will zip around the neighborhood with the best of them. And he did it all for under $450. Check out the video below for some further explanation:
Petter built custom PCBs to host all his electronics and used two H-Bridges to convert the signals for the motors. All in all, he does an amazing job of creating a sleek design that functions very well. Check out his website for more details on building your very own Segway. Great work!