Sunday, July 01, 2012

MIT Student Builds A Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle

MIT student Stephan Boyer has created a self-balancing electric unicycle, which he's dubbing the "Bullet". Demonstrated in a YouTube video (below), the Bullet unicycle protects the rider from falling over in the forwards or backwards direction. It packs a custom MIG- welded steel body, two 7Ah 12-volt batteries, an ATmega328 chip and a 450-watt electric motor. Boyer claims that the Bullet can reach speeds up to about 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) and go up to five miles on a single charge. If you also wish to make a similar attempt, Boyer has published the kit-list here. The software for the unicycle has also been published.

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