August 10, 2008
I'm getting a little bored with combat robots. I need something new to feed my experimenters wanderlust. I think it's about time I explored the land of Segway style balancing vehicles. Yeah, I know I'm a little late the the party. Segways have been in production since late 2001 and are now pretty common but I still want to try to build one. In this section I will document my steps to design and build at least one Segway style balancing robot. I'm starting out with a small bot that simply stands upright on 2 wheels. The controller has no digital microprocessor, it's all analog. Yes boys an girls, I'm going old school with resistors, capacitors and op-amps ( no tubes though). Once I learn the basics I intend to add a microprocessor and radio remote control so I can drive it around the house. If that phase is successful and I haven't burned out on it yet, I'll try to scale it up to something a person could ride on.
Phase 1: Analog Balancing Bot
Phase 2: Ball Balancer
Phase 3: Rideable ball balancer