One day whilst at work we decided we would build something cool so we went to the Instructables website for ideas! Our criteria was that it had to be driven by an Arduino! After searching through the vast amounts of really cool projects, we found XenonJohn's Balancing Electric Skateboard
We thought we should build a stand-on Balancing scooter but then decided that we needed to make something original. What about a Balancing chair my boss said. Now that's cool!
We happened to have a cool looking Carbon Fibre Racing chair just sitting around not being used so we started with that. We previously ordered a couple of geared down 250W scooter motors and some wheels to suit.
Now to order the electronics! Reinventing the wheel is a waste of time, and XenonJohn had already developed the code and worked out which hardware to use so we ordered exactly what he recommended.
Power came from some Makita drill batteries. These are used for most of our travelling exhibits as they are easy to get, to charge and we have a few batteries laying around for just such a purpose.
Here is a short video of the chair being driven around. Note the 3rd build Balancing scooter too doing a drive through.