I built a drone
If you know me...you know I am at Target a lot. Like at least once a week. It's kind of bad, but it's therapeutic to me. So on one of those frequent shopping trips I came across this cool new (to me) "arts tech" section of gadgets targeted at kids for stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts. I believe they are Target exclusive items.
Now I have programmed Arduino in college and I instantly thought back to those days when I saw the Flybrix kit. I wasn't super into Arduino because I didn't necessarily love what we were coding it to do. It just wasn't engaging to me to. This, on the other hand, seemed super cool.
I got it for Christmas and built it in about 15 minutes. There are very clear instructions on the Flybrix site to walk you through building your first Lego drone. After you master that setup, you can then move on to build other more custom setups. (I haven't, yet, attempted this.)
There are also other kits that come with a controller and lego figure to use as the drone's "pilot."
Since there's no controller in the Quad Starter Kit, you just use your smartphone's bluetooth connection and the Flybrix app. You can change the color of the LEDs and obviously control (or attempt to) your Lego drone's flight.
The above review by CNET accurately shows this guy in action. I've only attempted flight a few times, and both were inside (bad idea). Both of the times it was in the air, it crashed (obviously) and parts flew off. Luckily, I was in my bedroom so it wasn't hard to find the little pieces, but I would imagine if you take it outside for the first time for test flight, upon crash, pieces may fall off and potentially never return.
All in all, it's a really cool piece of technology that I think kids or adults who are interested in building and learning should look into. For $150.00 you get to build, crash, and rebuild a functional drone. Easily.