We’ve seen drones used in the army, and we’ve even seen them deliver pizza, but now the possibilities are endless, as a new DIY kit will allow anyone to build drones.
“Incoming UAV,” says the invisible voice of a soldier on TV during an online multiplayer action of Call of Duty. Enemy soldiers are illuminated on the map and they thank the gods of video game coding for such a feature in the game. You go over the news.
The reports on the “great drone debate” and whether they should become a basic element of surveillance or whether they are too far from people to be safe. But what is a UAV and what can it do? A UAV is an unmanned aerial vehicle and with a new DIY kit you can do pretty much anything.
For future reference in this article, a UAV and a drone are one and the same, there is little discrepancy between the two, but it doesn’t matter once you figure out what you can do with them. You can make a drone yourself with a silver cover called DIY kit : Drone It Yourself by Dutch designer Jasper van Loenen. Inside the cover is a selection of parts made by 3D printing that allow you to assemble a chassis that forms the drone itself. Pretty much anything can be put in the middle of the UAV once you’ve put it together, which means that if you want to recreate the delivery experience of the big Domino, then you can.
The minimal kit clamps the propellers together and comes with an openpilot CC3D Flight controller as well as a receiver and metal circuits that are used to control the engine speed. All you need to do is get nuts and bolts and parts for the power supply, such as motors, batteries and propellers (see Loenen’s recommended shopping list here).
The kit is also Bluetooth-enabled, which means you might even find a way to fly your drone over your phone. So when you make your flying bike wheel, cake or other air miracle, think about new, inventive ways to control it.