Modular drone transforms into any shape

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Date:20 October 2016 Tags:, ,

If you’re as keen on designing a drone as you are on flying one, Makeblock’s new Lego-like modular drone might just be what you’re looking for.

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The unique modular flier just blew through its Kickstarter campaign with two months to go, and would let you build everything from a drone, to a hovercraft, and everything in between.

The Airblock is meant to be deconstructed and flown easily. With eight modular pieces, it can be turned into wheels, a flyer, or even a cupholder. Controlled via Bluetooth, it’s designed to be as simple as a plug-and-play drone can get. And since it’s an open-source design, other folks could build hardware that plays nice with it as well.

Makeblock planes on selling its drone at a retail price of $149, but as with all Kickstarter projects, there’s no guarantee that it will ship on time, or be any good when it arrives. So as always, it’s wise to wait until the little drone actually comes out before plunking any money down on it. That said, if the Airblock is as good as it looks, it could be the perfect introduction into the world of aerial acrobatics.

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This article was originally written for and published by Popular Mechanics USA.