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May 29, 2008

Lego Autopilot

at 10:10 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

With the Lego NXT being such a versatile platform for building and maintaining projects, I figured I needed to mention this crazy design. Chris Anderson over at diydrones.com built a small RC plane that he transformed into a UAV with a Lego NXT controller and some Robot C code. Any follower of the Lego Mindstorm Series or anyone currently competing in or interested in FIRST robotics will really want to read this!

"By creating a UAV with Lego parts and built in part by kids, we haven’t just created a "minimum UAV", we’ve created a reductio ad absurdum one. If children can make UAVs out of toys, the genie is out of the bottle. Clear use guidelines (such as staying below 400 feet and away from tall buildings) would be welcome, but blanket bans or requirements for explicit FAA approval for each launch will be too hard to enforce. The day when there was a limited "UAV industry" that could be regulated are gone.)"

Be sure to check all his other interesting projects.

 


 

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4 Responses to “Lego Autopilot”

  1. Man Builds Lego NXT UAV » The UberReview Says:

    [...] [Hacked Gadgets] digg_skin = ‘compact';digg_window = ‘new';Tags: aircraft, drones, lego, nxt, radio-control, Robots [...]

  2. therian Says:

    nxt brick and motors are too havy for airplain, it insainly overlode this plaine

  3. addthisto.com Says:

    Lego Autopilot…

    With the Lego NXT being such a versatile platform for building and maintaining projects, I figured I needed to mention this crazy design. Chris Anderson over at diydrones.com built a small RC plane that he transformed into a UAV with a Lego NXT control…

  4. SmuggliMcWeed Says:

    Quite a crafty thing, code in a gps cross border navigation tool, and i’ll take a hundred :p

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