Open Source Scooter
An open source scooter (similar to a Segway) is being developed in Australia by Malcolm Faed.
Malcolm Faed, designer:
"In recent times, advanced electronic systems have become cheaper and cheaper and at the same time become more complex. The price of the components are now within reach of the hobbyist (e.g. Gyro and Accelerometer). This allows more complex systems to be built at relatively low cost. And most important these advanced technologies can be used by individuals and hobbyist where they were previously only available to more wealthy individuals and corporations.
This is also an excellent example of Peer to Peer Development that brings together people from different continents and backgrounds to develop a common product.
This is a project I had contemplated for quite a few years since first seeing the Segway on the Internet. I saw and had a ride on Geoffrey Bennett's home made scooter at the Linux Conf in 2007 in Sydney. he also offered the source code on his web site which was going to be the hardest part for me.
This project marries several of my passions, Electronics, Mechanics, Control Systems and Software." (http://members.optusnet.com.au/a4x4kiwi/scooter/)