the poor man’s segway

Skate Segway

Well, maybe it’s not entirely a Segway, but it’s the right idea. these ubc students went and drew up the plans for a skateboard based segway-like vehicle. they dubbed it “emanual” after the skateboard trick called the manual (come on, you at least played tony hawk for playstation right?). they awesome part is that it works. took a few years, but hey, good things take time. it uses electronic tilt sensors to keep you from falling over and has it’s own control system.

thanks [DBS]


  1. bawbz says:

    i’d use this over a regular segway anyday.

  2. Dax says:

    very cool. I live about an hour from UBC’s campus, actually.
    This project may be a ‘poor man’, but you still need a lot of electrical and engineering basics and knowledge to pull it off.
    it’s awesome how they pulled off the steering and balance.

  3. shbazjinkens says:

    The segway has been copied entirely before too.

  4. matt moyer says:

    A student at my local university (University of Tulsa) constructed a homemade Segway that he calls the “Zachway.”

    It reacts almost exactly like the real thing and is quite cool in person, especially with some pimpin’ new spinners.

    A quick google found some photos near the bottom of this page:

  5. al vazquez says:
  6. ryan says:

    i think about maddox’s idea every time i hear the word “segway”, even if it is the wrong usage (like for standup comedy)

  7. chuck says:

    its really cool, but either some of these guys cant skate or its not balancing enough. Someone may get hurt riding this. anyway, they did a reallyu good effort, and I think girls will really dig this hack and they will get laid 1/100 times more than before but still 1/10000000000 less than Bam.

  8. Yeah, Maddox is awesome.

  9. matrox says:

    This is totally awesome! I would definitely buy one of these if they weren’t too expensive. An obvious advantage of this ‘model’ over other homebrew segways is the lack of handlebars. It’s why a skateboard is more fun than a scooter…

    I wonder what they will do with those batteries that are in the backpack… (I didn’t have time to read the full article if they mentioned it)

  10. rob0t says:

    bam is a douchebag.

    But this thing totally rocks. I want one. I hope they release plans for it. Otherwise I’ll have to make critical decisions on my own accord….

  11. ryan says:

    bams funny and somebody needs to wirte a how to dammit!!! i want to build one of these

  12. Hey, thanks for all those who emailed comments and questions on the board. Because of the interest I am in the process of redoing the webpage with a lot more description and more videos done with a different codec.

    There’s one mistake in your write-up. It didn’t take “a few years”, we actually started building on Jan 14th and had it running succesfully on Feb 8th. So “a few weeks” would be more accurate.

  13. ryan jones says:

    hi justin, i emailed you a few times, thank you for deciding to write a how to, although now it looks like i’ll have to save the pages on my computer, because your sites been 509’d.

    make sure it’s complete enough so people could build one if they were so inclined, i noticed it looked like you made custom PCB’s for the controls (the protection mosfets) maybe you could put them up too, it would make this so much easier. if you emailed me the pics i could put them in a photo album from yahoo! since it gives me unlimited hosting, you could link them to save your bandwidth. unfortunately you cannot use [img] tags (i’ve tried everything) but you can just post a link to the entire album, and you can even add descriptions to each pic. email me if you are interested, AFAIK my reply email is still in your inbox, subject: “e-manual” (e and m are capitol).

    i’m sorry if i sound demanding when i ask for the files, more pics, etc. but the project has kinda got me **extremely** excited, and i mean no harm.


  14. elunatic says:

    What does this device do? Is it an automatic skateboard? Looks kinda cool though!


  15. Skate Shoes says:

    Making a segway out of a skateboard is pure genius. This article although its old is still pretty rad. I posted it up in the office today and had some very stimulating conversations with some others about the “segway” wannabe.

  16. Servan74 says:

    To bad the origional link is toast.

  17. at last the information i needed thank you.

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