It started with a simple question...

"What if we combined these three things?"

 

Until what started as an idea, became a full-blown investigation into what was possible...


Where are we now?

Quick facts:

  1. The prototype costs less than $100 (A mission goal)

  2. The prototype has over 3 hours of flight time on a single charge (2600 mAh battery)

  3. The prototype can collect all sorts of sensor data

Current Challenges:

  • Maintaining a wireless connection for streaming video (and other sensor data w/o wifi)

  • Decreasing the weight of the unit (less weight means less helium)

  • Programming is hard...


Frequently Asked "What if..." Questions

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A FLYING CAMERA?

I've built a flying, fully functional computer with a camera attachment that streams photos/video to my laptop wirelessly. The better question is what would you do with a device like that?

WHAT IF YOU GOT 3 - 4 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE?

Quad-copters are awesome. But they die. Fast. Really fast.

WHAT IF IT DIDN'T COST YOU A FORTUNE?

This prototype was LESS THAN $100 USD to build and program.

WHAT IF IT WAS FUN?

Spend less time worrying about crashing, damaging property, and steering. Spend more time capturing photos, video, and other data (future plans).

WHAT IF ANYONE COULD DO IT?

I've deliberately used open source technology developed by an educational NPO. This means that you can take this prototype apart, remix it, rebuild it, use it, and abuse it.

WHEN/HOW CAN I GET ONE?

Right now this is a labor of love, so you can't buy this device in stores. But, what you can do is reach out to me via email and I'll shed some light on the project : )