Self Balancing Segway Style Scooter for Under 300.00


Introduction: Self Balancing Segway Style Scooter for Under 300.00

I've always wanted a Segway from the first day I saw one, but with the over 6000.00 price tag I couldn't afford one. Thankfully the parts required have come down in price dramatically. I managed to build one for under 300.00. 
here is a list of the most important parts.

1x2" square steel on eBay but mine was scrap we got for free.

Sabertooth 2X25 motor controller from

electric mobility scooter motors ours are from the Jazzy electric chair the sell for 100-150.00 on eBay

5DOF IMU we got from eBay for 25.00

Sealed lead acid batteries 12v from eBay or from hardware store 

Thumb Joystick from spark-fun 3.95

various switches and 10k potentiometers 5.00 from radio shack

code from sci chair instructable

schematic from sci chair instructable



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    I can't find the 5 DOF IMU . Can I use 6 DOF IMU instead it .


    hey is there any way that i can get this code workign with mpu6050 because the analoge imu is not availabe in

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    we are using 5DOF IMU but gyro ENC-03RC with accelometer ADXL335

    but i think you are using gyro IDG500 with accelometer ADXL335...

    is this why your code doesn't work with my IMU??

    Tilt adjust is to help Center the balance. Dead man switch shuts everything down if you fall off.

    Thats a digital imu so no it requires different code

    hey,what is that tilt shifter and dead man switch

    Hi, i have question.

    what is tilt adjust shifter ??

    Isn't it needs to lean forward to go forward and lean backward to break?

    why do i need tilt adjst switch?

    and what is dead man switch for ??

    Can i control and move around using the handlebar?? how would i do this?

    thank you

    Hey frm where can i get these wheels

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    I got those on ebay. Jazzy electric wheel chair motors

    Wheels in the image

    Do you have to lean forward to drive? or is it controlled by the joystick

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    Yes you lean foward to move foward and back to brake which is regenerative as well as to go backwards

    send video how to build it please?

    how many fast it is?

    could this be converted to a solo wheel, of course it will require to make the entire thing work by tilt sensor instead, or rather not a lot of retinkering, just need it to work with a single wheel, and a tiltsensor. instead of a analog stick.

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    just dont hook up the steering pot and it will do the same thing.

    found this for a good price

    Hi! i have two motors 450 Watts 24V, i use the IMU MPU6050, arduino due.

    I'm starting with the build of the Segway, not even how to begin, could you help me? Thank you!