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Two cameras, four engines, a GPS-driven autopilot: meet the Lego drone. Documented at a site called sUASNews, here, the quad-copter-style drone was built by the sons of a programmer and Lego enthusiast, Ed Scott. A central structure houses power and electronics, including a Go Pro camera to record the drone’s surroundings and a …

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Amazingly cool and easy to repair

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Other than the use of the word 'Legos', outstanding achievement!

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'Legos'

Just what my Granddad used to call it. And given I got most of my Lego at Christmas, an appropriate memory.

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Wow, just wow!

I love reading things like this!

Makes me feel really guilty for not spending more time at the weekends on hobby projects though...

Black helicopter, well, because, you know :)

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Robust

Pretty good - Lego isn't the lightest of materials to build with.

But the video... that was fine until the closing moments where the camera operator consistently fails to zoom in on the 'copter. It's there! The dot! Right there! Zoom in on it, dammit! But no... not until the last moment... sigh.

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Re: Robust

Unfortunately, the camera operator appears to be trying to track that dot through a handicam viewfinder (eyepiece or screen) which is likely a lot lower resolution than is being recorded. He genuinely can't see that dot, most likely!

Plus the more you zoom, the smaller your angle of view, and tracking-by-hand anything moving at range is very difficult unless you are highly skilled (to experienced professional level).

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Re: Robust

Bit harsh when the nearest you probably get to any of this is sitting there criticising others for not being great cameramen.

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Re: Robust - next!!!

so what we need now is a lego steadicam!

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Well I've just survived this years office Christmas do, and, quite frankly, don't give a fuck. But the camera work was shoddy and should not have been included in the video. So there. Happy Christmas everybody!

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Technic LEGO for 21st Century..

Please give the designs and software to LEGO so they can mass-produce it :D

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Re: Technic LEGO for 21st Century..

Please give the designs and software to LEGO so they can mass-produce it :D over-charge for it :(

(Seriously, I never realised how damn expensive Lego is. Had loads of it as a kid, but recently bought some as a pressie for my fiancée's cousin and could not believe how much they are charging for even the simplest of kits!)

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Re: Cost of LEGO

1. Buy *very* cheaply at boot sales

2. Tie loosely in pillowcase or similar

3. Run through washing machine

4. Profit!

...OK, so not great for a present for a child, but if you need *lots* for (ahem) grown-up projects...

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Re: Technic LEGO for 21st Century..

Kits are very expensive. Generic sets of blocks, a lot cheaper. You're usually paying for the design (or copyrights for the Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR et al) when you buy specific kits.

Just buy the blocks, let the kid's imagination do the design - will be a lot more satisfying too.

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Re: Cost of LEGO

"(ahem) grown-up projects"

I had the image of some Lego themed fetish dungeon...

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Re: ...Lego themed fetish dungeon...

Always, always count the bricks before and after!

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Just cool.

A Dad that plays with lego and makes cool stuff. Oh to be young again and have a Dad like that :)

PS Merry Xmas to all El Reg peeps!

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Re: Just cool.

you could be that dad

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Re: Just cool.

you could be that dad

Well, in my case, no.

I have barely enough time for projects like this, and then to have offspring claiming time? No thanks.

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Re: Just cool.

Wow, you're busier than the prime minister.

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Busier than the PM?

Nope, just fewer staff.

Although I'm still surprised that his personal protection officers managed to forget his kids. That's pretty sloppy.

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Did anyone see the similar thingie on GadgetMan, I can't remember the name!

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Are you talking about the AR drone? It's a fantastic piece of kit, limited only by the range of your iDevices wifi http://ardrone2.parrot.com/

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"It's a fantastic piece of kit, limited only by the range of your iDevices"

And wallet

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No, the one by Parraot will leave you. The one I saw tested at an air show went up, up, up and away! Not sure if the man ever found it, it almost didn't seem possible to find. There was talk of a few people that they hope it didn't come down on the interstate. The interstate was about 10 miles away, but by the look of that thing going, it wasn't going to crash any time soon. I assume there is not default check to test wether human control has happened over X amount ot time, which makes for shotty firmware. It was funny, but then again it wasn't mine.

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Really? Bloody hell

That is seriously shoddy and rather dangerous.

- The APM inside this Lego copter can go so far as to return-to-base under full autopilot should it lose contact!

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welcome, etc.

I, for one, welcome our flying soon-to-be Lego overlords.

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Re: welcome, etc.

Before you know it, we will see Lego quad-copters snatching toddlers...

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Superior Format

You wouldn't see this in Playmobil, the North Korea of children's toys with their dodgy space program and total lack of real world application. Lego is where it's at.

I'm sure the spanners will want to chip in about Meccano.

Let the format wars begin!

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Re: Superior Format

2013 will be the year of Meccano, mark my words!

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I remember getting Playmobil instead of lego one year. I was SO upset.

Had some Meccano too, from a jumble sale. It was ace.

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One of the good things about this is...

... being Lego, you're only limited by your imagination as to what you fly - next week you could be the proud flyer of a petrol station, for example. Or more likely to cause fun, a cigar-shaped object or mysterious disc.

It also occurs that flying it up the side of a block of flats or a hotel could result in some interesting camera footage.

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Re: One of the good things about this is...

"...a mysterious disc", as in a disc with more jaggies than an 8-bit VGA display? I guess you could do some clever anti-aliasing though with different colour bricks?

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Love it

Now if they can use it to go find our lost Playmonaut, then it'll be pints (or milkshakes for the kids) all round!

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Well I'm scared

Bricking it, in fact.

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Re: Well I'm scared

Get worried when the kids start adding Lego Hellfire missiles!

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Nerf FTW!!!

I think it would be cool to adapt a nerf gun to one of these. It would be great to have aerial wars with several of these. Or, if one wanted some serious marking, paintball guns! :D A good paintball hit might even cause some flight handling challenges but I don't think would necessarily knock the thing out of action.

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Understatement of the week, "It seems to fly well enough"

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Flying "Legos"

Dear Americans, it's LEGO not "Legos". Get it in your thick heads.

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Re: Flying "Legos"

Ross,

You don't make friends by correcting people in an insulting manner.

Accept my criticism graciously.

Happy Christmas to you all

Pierre

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Re: Flying "Legos"

Who wants to be friends with Americans?

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Re: Flying "Legos"

The Irish!

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I can't wait until my son is old enough for

Lego

Meccano

building a tot rod together.

It is going to be so much fun!

Beer: Because that is how he was conceived.

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GLUING LEGO?

In our house you would be summarily executed for such a crime. OUTRAGEOUS!!

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Re: GLUING LEGO?

Perhaps.

In which case you better don't try building from LEGO anything capable of flight, lets it disintegrate in the air and hit a person with fast rotating blades.

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Re: GLUING LEGO?

"... and hit a person with fast rotating blades."

We don't see many people round our way with any rotating blades, let alone fast ones. It's a nice neighbourhood :-)

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I've just got my daughter intrested in lego.. I think I might be helping her a lot christmas morning.

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"...I think she will be helping me a lot christmas morning."

Fixed that for you. :)

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Oh how I've tried to do the same, even stooping to the depths of buying Lego 'Friends' sets, which even make regular Lego look amazing value for money

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I guess Israel will have to block the import of LEGO into the Gaza Strip and Palestine now. Otherwise the next thing will be LEGO-copter attacks on settlements. Using a Patriot (or Israeli equivalent) to shoot them down will not be cost effective. The Israelites will either have to infect the flight control system software with some nefarious virus which causes the rotors to overspeed, or else build Israeli LEGO anti-copters which seek out and destroy any other copters with the wrong color pattern.

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@Scott Pedigo

I guess Israel will have to block the import of LEGO into the Gaza Strip and Palestine now.

Earlier I was thinking along the lines of CIA-controlled LEGO drones launching a missile strike on a house full of people celebrating a wedding somewhere in Afghanistan.

Ole Christiansen would be turning in his grave.

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