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[DPRG] segway

Subject: [DPRG] segway
From: cbrenizer cbrenizer at socket.net
Date: Wed Dec 4 09:45:02 CST 2002

Oh!! (duh)

So everytime I got the end of a handle bar in the groin, or found myself
sprawled out with cement burns on my forehead, I'd be cussing myself for
being such a cheap b*****d.

Thanks for the insight, I really truly hadn't connected it all together.

So the days of riding the pallet jack in the warehouse, or trying to
stand on a mechanic's creeper, should have led me to realize the problem
and that it needed a solution (..sigh..another oppurtunity to get rich
was lost)

-----Original Message-----
>From: dprglist-admin at dprg.org [mailto:dprglist-admin at dprg.org] On Behalf
Of Chuck McManis
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 6:31 PM
To: cbrenizer; dprglist at dprg.org
Subject: RE: [DPRG] segway

At 05:39 PM 12/3/02 -0600, cbrenizer wrote:
><I meant to send this to the entire list, too>
>I had wondered if a third wheel device costing 3 or 4 hundred dollars 
>would have happier customers than the multi-thousand dollar segway (I 
>know I'd be happier paying less and it probably wouldn't need much 
>electronics, since it wouldn't have to be self balancing)

This is a common mis-perception. Two wheel, three wheel, or 18 wheel,
have to deal with torque of a vertical human body. The value proposition
the Segway is not about balance, its about inertial mass management.

Consider a human standing on a "trolley" (you can imagine any number of 
wheels on it) moving forward at a velocity "V" When you decelerate your 
momentum (mV) is converted into a torque that is related to how far your

center of mass is from the trolley. The harder you decelerate, the more 
torque you experience and the more likely you are to fly off the thing.

The Segway, manages your momentum by changing the torque angle inversely

proportional to your rate of deceleration (that is to say you "lean
which causes your relative torque moment to be 0 (or put another way it 
keeps your angular momentum 0) so that you perceive the declaration as 
increased acceleration along your vertical axis. This translates in a
force on the wheels and ground.

Basically you don't fly over the handle bars because you are never being

pushed toward them and conversely when it accelerates you don't fall off

the back.

Now you could put a tilting platform on your trolley and have it do this

compensation (think of a coffee cup holder for your that uses gimbals to

keep the cup level in the face of changing accelerations.)

So to completely replace what the Segway does on a multiwheel vehicle is

you would need to first have a platform that could roll over the kinds
terrain that a Segway does and can turn in place (this is essential for 
navigating human targeted environments), and then you need a hydraulic 
platform (or a fast electromechanical one) that could keep your inertial

acceleration vector vertical in real time.

The neat thing about the Segway is that it does both of these with
two motors.


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