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Launching a Power Wheel Hack Project

Topic: Launching a Power Wheel Hack Project

Summary: We've been working closely with the rapidly growing Rutgers Makerspace on Livingston Campus, and have decided on a joint project to hack one of their power wheels at the space. This meetup will be the official launch day, and the project will take place over the course of a month. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us at the makerspace to help out or even just to learn.

What we'll do is dependent on the hackers who wish to work on the power wheel, but we're planning on having two components: hardware upgrading (better wheels and motor) and automation using an added onboard computer.

Power wheels racing rules as a guideline:


7:30pm – Hang-out, explore the makerspace
8:00pm – Shawn - Brief overview about the nature of the project
8:30pm – Take stock of who is interested in the project
8:45pm – Finalize our project roadmap and establish hack hours

Here are the resources we have available right now:
• A frame for the power wheel

• Power-wheel chassis to cover the parts

• Kinect - though this device does not work well outdoors, so we might want to use alternate sensors for object detection

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  • Shawn C.

    Follow up to the meetup:
    We did not get enough interest to do an intensive month-long hack project. So, we'll have Tuesday evening hack nights at the makerspace, where we can modify the power wheel.

    Further discussion can take place on our forum:
    If you want to visit the Rutgers makerspace any other day, let me know.

    May 14, 2014

  • Shawn C.

    For parking, there is a "lot" behind the building. There aren't any buses that go directly to the space. The closest stops are the Livingston Student Center or the Quads.

    For example, from the train station, take the LX line at Scott Hall to Livingston Quads and walk to the makerspace

    May 12, 2014

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