Drones are cool. That is undisputed!
Making a drone is even cooler, and there are lots of ways to go about this. I am currently making one from scratch and you can follow this cool robot project here
as soon as I get round to posting about it. Its in early stages, but there is a picture below. 3d printed and controlled with the same microcontroller that is used in the arduino
A drone is another name for an Unmanned Air Vehicle, i.e. a machine that flies by itself, which makes it a robot.
They are used in all kind of applications, one of our favourites is using them to drop aid for people in need - this might be in a warzone, after a flood etc.
We have been playing around with one of the popular Parrot Drones, they are so tiny but reasonably easy to fly and good fun.
Our main reason for choosing this one is that it has bluetooth, and thus we can write our own code and control it from our mac or tablet - which you know is the first thing we did when we took it out of the box!
Other than that I have also been taking it around to schools, kids have really enjoyed learning about drones and flying robots, though I must admit it didn't survive their crash landings for very long!