DIY Segway Clone-Rutscherle
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
It sure serves a function. With a maximum speed of 25 km/h you can drive
it on many grounds like on the grass or the street. The artistic work
basically consists, to carry out this project with a minimum of tools.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
I'm working on this project since 2009, with many interruptions due to
lack of time or lack of money. It looks like it is complete and it
really work like it is, but you can always improve.
What was your goal in building this project?
I wanted to build a Segway Clone that runs with BLDC motors without
gears. The performance of each motor should be around 1kW to master
higher speeds and mountain routes. The whole thing should be much
cheaper than buying the original.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
A problem is not solved by the project. But it makes a lot of fun to
drive. And you learn a lot about physics, electronics, electric vehicles
and control systems.
What makes your idea unique?
It's open source
Description, diagrams and source code I've published under
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
There are 6 ball bearings used. Two on each engine and two on the
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
You don’t need to buy everything you want to have for much money. This
Scooter was not for free as well. But to see something you did yourself
isn’t comparable with money. Especially not if it works so well.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
The money will be invested in better tools and the conversion of a
Motorbike to a electrical motorbike.