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SEngleman (Shane), knkp (Stephen), and myself are taking on the first Instructables January/February Build Night project.
We are accepting applications for other teammates. Send your application to nobody and just join if you're interested.


Our goal is to wrap the main post of the Razor Scooter with EL Wire and EL accents to give all the other riders in our crew a bad case of jealousy. Once the post is properly wrapped in blinky lights, our next goal is to transfer power across the joint between handle bar and foot plate, so that we can get some mad undercarriage lighting. That way it looks like we're straight hovering. The point of building our own rotary power transfer plate is so that we can still do some sick barspins, which a connected wire would interfere with. Not cool brah. Icing on the cake will be to trick out our scooter with sick blinky wheels.


My first challenge was to build a mounting plate and bracket that would allow people to safely attach an Arduino to a Razor scooter. A few rectangles later and I had a laser-ready file in Illustrator. After cutting it out and taping it together we realized I had misread some measurements, meaning that the platform didn't have a snug fit and rattled around during riding. I also overlooked the fact that my design allowed the entire housing to lift off the top of the scooter by a few inches. At this point SEngleman suggested that we use some insulating foam to help the fit of future versions and to minimize damage to electronics due to vibrations.


SEngleman and knkp rocked out that night on code getting an Arduino library made and some example code put together. The code is available online at GitHub, here.


The view from tippy top, where the air is crisp.
Taped together mounting plate and zip-tied battery pack for one wire. VERSION ONE IS A SUCCESS.
Mad prototyping skills on them whiteboards.


Thanks to bethjaneway's (Brooks) awesome Epilog laser and Cualer's (Suraj) help with getting SEngleman and I learned all up on that cutter. Mad props to jdbugman (John Lamp) for offering up a sick battery pack and some knowledge bombs to help us cheaply and easily transfer power to the planned underglow modules.


This build is gonna be off the hook. Rad to the extreme.
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Re: Super Fly Razor Scooter (A.K.A. Instructables Cool Neon Project #1)
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 03:47:04 AM »
Hey, what we need for this to work in terms of software is basically done now. I'm going to try to come in monday and finish debugging a few nitches and then upload the code here or github or wherever. Let me know if any of you guys will be showing up.

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Re: Super Fly Razor Scooter (A.K.A. Instructables Cool Neon Project #1)
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 07:03:11 PM »
Awesome man! I'm not able to come in tonight, but I'll try and make it in Tuesday or Wednesday night (after the parts get in from McMaster). If SEngleman sends me the design files I can make the changes I want to make and maybe we can get the second version of the project put together before the weekend.
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