May 28, 2007

LAUNCH!

For those of you who have been following Chris Anderson (WIRED magazine and Geekdad blog) and his attempt to create a remotely controlled airplane using NXT technology... well...

...check it out.

Congratulations, Chris...

And for more information, Chris has created a dedicated site for this project called DIY Drones and can be found here.

My favorite quote of Chris': "If children can make UAVs out of toys, the genie is out of the bottle."

5 comments:

Joshua Heinzl said...

Aw - I was expecting to see something made from 100% LEGO. Where was lego used? I don't assume to power the propeller :(

Josh

Chris Anderson said...

Josh,

If you click through to the original story, you'll see that Mindstorms NXT controls the rudder using the compass sensor. The rest of the plane is autostabalized using a commercial infrared unit. The next version will use GPS rather than the compass sensor.

Chris

Anonymous said...

it always pays to read the post before makign comments ;)

Joshua Heinzl said...

Can you imagine a lego wing? You should add some pieces to the outside just to say "I use LEGO and I'm proud!" What batteries do you use?

I have heard of a project in Switzerland where they are trying to make a lego airplane or helicopter completely out of lego.

Josh

Christopher R. Smith (Littlehorn) said...

Integrating MindStorms into non-LEGO things are a majorly fun aspect of these technologies.

Who wants to help build my NXT lawn mower? The grass is getting taller.

Chris

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