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How It Works

The Segway HT performs its self-balancing by using a kind of real-time sense-and-respond system that the company calls dynamic stabilization. Gyroscopes and tilt sensors are used to measure the tilt of the machine every one-hundredth of a second. These sensors relay the information to a computer onboard the machine that then controls independent motors on each wheel. If the user tilts the machine forward by leaning forwards, then the machine moves forward slightly in order to keep upright. If the user tilts the machine backward by leaning backwards, then the machine moves backward as necessary in order to stay upright. If the user turns the machine using the handlebars, the machine will turn one wheel faster than the other to initiate a turn, or it may even turn the wheels in opposite directions in order to turn while staying in precise location.


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