Fun & Games Robotics

Multicopters is an exciting new area of hobby robotics. They are also sometimes known as UAV’s, and essentially they are “flying hobby robots.”

They are made with a center that holds micro controllers, sensors, receivers, transmitters, power and payload. Pointing out from the center are a number of pins holding motors and propellers.

This is the first episode looking at multicopters, and Frits has a very advanced hexacopter in the air. Later episodes will look at products you can buy, and some cool cheap and less complex alternatives new on the market will be demonstrated.

Here are some inspiring links to other videos with other types of multicopters:

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22 thoughts on “The Latest in Hobby Robotics 15

    1. Yea, that’d be cool.  If you’re interested, I came across the Arduinocopter project (http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/) about a week ago and it seems to be a pretty slick package  (hardware and software) for building the electronics for such a vehicle as well as the software to fly it with (fly-by-wire, autonomous autopilot, RC, video/audio transmission, etc.).  I believe it’s being developed by the community over at diydrones.com.

      Edit: I just wanted to mention that the software and hardware for the Arduinocopter project seems to, also, be designed to work with regular RC copters, RC planes, and RC gliders as well.

    2. Yea, that’d be cool.  If you’re interested, I came across the Arduinocopter project (http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/) about a week ago and it seems to be a pretty slick package  (hardware and software) for building the electronics for such a vehicle as well as the software to fly it with (fly-by-wire, autonomous autopilot, RC, video/audio transmission, etc.).  I believe it’s being developed by the community over at diydrones.com.

      Edit: I just wanted to mention that the software and hardware for the Arduinocopter project seems to, also, be designed to work with regular RC copters, RC planes, and RC gliders as well.

    3. Yea, that’d be cool.  If you’re interested, I came across the Arduinocopter project (http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/) about a week ago and it seems to be a pretty slick package  (hardware and software) for building the electronics for such a vehicle as well as the software to fly it with (fly-by-wire, autonomous autopilot, RC, video/audio transmission, etc.).  I believe it’s being developed by the community over at diydrones.com.

      Edit: I just wanted to mention that the software and hardware for the Arduinocopter project seems to, also, be designed to work with regular RC copters, RC planes, and RC gliders as well.

  1. Don’t you have any experience with https://www.mikrocontroller.com products? Especially Octo XL looks like nice way for DSLR aerial photography.

  2. Don’t you have any experience with https://www.mikrocontroller.com products? Especially Octo XL looks like nice way for DSLR aerial photography.

  3. this is awesome!! this just made my morning. i’ve imagined something like this was possible but you made it even cooler with the VR glasses :)

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