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librav
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Re: Congrats to the team
librav   1/24/2015 2:28:40 PM
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Can we impose on the Team to submit corrected schematics and code so it can be duplicated? I, for one have set this project aside due to the Schematic typo's and missing information.

Congrats ! in any case, and I wish you all success in your future endeavers.

woodla
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woodla   1/22/2015 7:31:26 PM
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A very nice implementation of the sensors involved.  By putting the battery up high it makes the system much less subject to top loading variations. Segway, due to it's configuration, had to place their load low and close to the axle making their control requirements much more severe.  Segway engineers also designed in numerousl redundant functions to insure operator safety such as dual multi-axis BAE inertial gyros and redundant motor drive and process controllers, even going so far as dual independant battery supplies.  I have 2 of their models and admire their engineering expertise even if the market need was lacking.  One of mine is their self standing model not needing an operator that is rememiscent of this gadget. 

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Elizabeth M   1/22/2015 12:07:47 PM
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Now that I think of it, the Segway has inspired a few spinoffs, Chuck. I remember writing about a robot that could go into burning buildings that also was built on the Segway. It's an example of a technology that itself wasn't super successful, but the idea of which has spawned some other interesting technology. (Kind of like what people are musing Google Glass might be like.)

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Charles Murray   1/21/2015 6:38:39 PM
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I look forward to seeing this at the show in Anaheim. It's an amazing piece of work, especially when you consider how much time and engineering effort went into the original Segway, which was similar to this. It's stunning to think that students could do this as a design project. Hats off to the late Michael Habel and the rest of the team for bringing this to fruition.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   1/21/2015 12:24:48 PM
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I think I've read about this contraption before (or maybe even written about it--maybe in a slideshow about party inventions?). Anyway, it's a clever and fun design (and certainly could come in handy at home and parties), and congratulations to the team on their win.

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