Modular, customisable drone
The modular design trend has invaded the world of drones too. Makeblock has created a drone that can be assembled and programmed in minutes. Winner of Red Dot Award 2017, Airblock comprises magnetic parts that can be fitted together instantly to create various forms like hexacopter drone, triangle hovercraft, spider and spinner. You can even combine the blocks of this drone with other toys or blocks (like Lego) to build your own innovative automobiles and aircrafts! Made of a Styrofoam material, the drone does not damage walls or objects it dashes on. The blades are concealed within the blocks, so it is safe to fly even for kids.
If the assembly is as easy as saying snap, the drag-and-drop programming is even easier. Even those with no experience in programming can make their drone do amazing stunts! You can control Airblock using a smart device, customise its features including speed and colour of the LED, watch its movements, and get it racing with another Airblock in ‘versus mode.’
Airblock owes its effectiveness to the smart use of aerodynamic principles. According to the team, “The lift from the four propellers allows Airblock to do a number of stunts, and by selecting two propellers from either side, it can generate specific movements.”
All that said, what people seem to love most about Airblock is that, for once, it is fun to watch your drone crash and break apart—because you can rebuild it and watch it fly again!
Company: Makeblock; Country: Unites States of America;