'Drone it Yourself' kit makes everyday objects fly

The world is your drone when you have a "Drone it Yourself" kit that clamps onto any airworthy object and makes it an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Drone it Yourself attachment
Suddenly, everything can be a drone. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you have a "Drone it Yourself" kit, everything looks like a drone. Jasper van Loenen created the "Drone it Yourself" kit as a portable way to turn regular items into flying machines.

The kit components fit snugly into a large silver briefcase, the kind you would expect a secret agent to have handcuffed to his wrist. It contains everything you need to get an object to fly, so long as that object is light enough to get up in the air and has enough attachment points for all the gear.

Inside the case are clamps, motors, propeller kits, a battery pack, a transmitter, a receiver, and all the miscellaneous little bits you need to make it work. Many of the plastic parts were produced on a 3D printer. A bill of materials lets you put together a kit of your own, if you're so inclined.

Van Loenen has tested the kit on a bicycle wheel. The result was a flying quadcopter wheel. Conceivably, the kit could be expanded to include surveillance equipment, giving it a distinctly "Mission: Impossible" sort of vibe. The most entertaining part of all this is thinking about what could be made to fly. Instead of a flying box of pizza , how about just a flying pizza?

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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