Homemade self-balancing unicycle uses an Arduino to keep upright (feeds.engadget)
On the whim of a coin flip, Nick Thatcher once decided between building a
homemade Segway, or a self balancing unicycle. Even though the powers of fate
chose the former, Thatcher's thirst to build wasn't quenched -- he built the
one-wheeled scooter anyway. The Raptor looks a lot like a Ryno unicycle built
from spare parts -- a chain driven wheelbarrow wheel powered by a 350w geared
motor, a pair of batteries wired in series, some PVC and polycarbonate, an IMU
gyro and an Arduino UNO -- all hobbled together to form a one-wheeled electric
mount. Thatcher says the scooter can push 10mph safely, but faster speeds tend
to outpace the gyro's corrective efforts. Still, the bike promises between
90-120 minutes of face-plant free fun, provided the rider is at least a
_little_ balanced. The motorized unicycle isn't for sale, but peek on over to
Thatch Industries for a parts list, or scoot on past the break to see the bike
Curved Track My experiment using curved track with my dolly WORKS!
NYC crime rate up for first time in 20 years thanks to Apple thefts (Slash Gear)
As the most populous city in the US, New York City naturally has seen a lot of
crime, but the last 20 years has seen lower crime rates. However, this year
has seen an increase, thanks mostly to thefts of various Apple products around
the city. Specifically, grand larceny in 2012 was up 9%, according
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Utah Jazz: Foye, Jefferson keys to 87-81 win over Orlando Magic (Salt Lake Tribune)
#### Utah Jazz: Foye, Jefferson keys to 87-81 win over Orlando Magic
by Bill Oram The Salt Lake Tribune
##### Published Dec 6, 2012 08:04AM MDT
Randy Foye had been dreadful and he knew it. Each of his six shots came up
short. At no point in the process, from when he set his feet, powered a jolt
from his legs through his torso and out his arms, did he feel good about any
of the attempts. “I just didn’t have it the way I usually have it,” Foye said.
But with 3:11 left Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, the Jazz down one and
positioned to once again lose after building a large lead, Foye watched Magic
guard J.J. Redick leave to help on A...
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