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MAKE 37: Drones


MAKE Volume 37 takes a look at the evolving technologies that allow makers to do amazing things with both traditional R/C and self-piloting drones. Get a handle on terminology with a drone anatomy diagram, check out how to get amazing photos and videos using quadcopters, and get tips on using first-person video to put yourself in the pilot seat. Then build your own quadrotor airframe from hardware store parts and trick it out with stabilized onboard video and autonomous flight.

Beyond drones, you’ll learn to easily integrate GPS into electronics projects, light up your style with the full-color LED sneakers that react to your moves, use an Arduino and the closed-caption feed on your TV to silence culture personalities, and annoy your neighbors with the surprisingly loud CNC Air Raid Siren. All this and more in MAKE Volume 37!


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Make an interactive messenger bag that reacts to your RFID-tagged objects with full-color LED animations. It will remind you that your keys or wallet are missing, play custom graphics, or...


New Project: Salt and Pepper Well

New Project: Salt and Pepper Well

From regular MAKE contributor Len Cullum, a simple and elegant woodworking project for the picnic basket or the dining table. Make one for yourself or someone special, and learn a...


  • G.

    Circuit didn’t work for me after much trial and error…Please help!!!

    • Gonza0012

      Hi, G.
      Mine didn’t work for the first time. After several tries I realized that the problem was (in my case) the connection to the base of the transistor. As the base is positive (NPN) I thought that the coil was polarizing it negatively, so I inverted the coil that is connected to the base.
      I attached a diagram below with the components I used. The transistor is different but you can use any general purpose transistor.