In our brave new world of drones, both the military and the civilian sectors have found plenty of uses for little unmanned aerial vehicles, and people in the DIY and robotics communities are building their own versions, but these kinds of devices still haven't really become accessible to most people yet.
But now, thanks to the work of Dutch designer Jasper van Loenen, that may change, as anyone with access to a 3D printer can use his files to create most of the parts needed to build a "Drone It Yourself" kit.
"The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit – no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.
For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit by making your own custom clamps or add-ons as needed." - Jasper van Loenen
Using the DIY files and the bill of materials that he provides, most of the parts can be fabricated from ABS plastic, and the rest of the parts (motor, propellers, transmitter, etc.) sourced online via either his recommendations or your own specs.
It seems that this kind of project just naturally lends itself to the citizen science movement, as these components could be quickly added to custom vehicle bodies that would carry sensors or video devices to monitor wild spaces or inaccessible places. Perhaps they could also serve as a delivery service for dropping remote sensors or cameras, without having the need for a road or a path, and could help to study wild areas without having the presence of a human on the ground.
If you're interested, you can learn more at Jasper's Drone It Yourself page.
[via Thing du Jour]