Airblock: The Modular and Programmable Starter Drone

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Technology is responsible for advancements in important industries like healthcare, transportation, and communication. However, it can also provide people with a great deal of enjoyment. One cutting edge technology that many individuals love is drone technology.

While larger, more powerful drones are used for military purposes, smaller drones for personal use are surging in popularity. These remote-controlled aircraft offer a wide range of enjoyable activities, such as performing stunts and racing.

However, there are several drawbacks with this new and exciting source of entertainment. Firstly, drones can be very expensive. Not only does this mean few people can afford one, it also means that any damage can raise costs significantly. As well, the technology used in these devices is often extremely complicated. This can make it difficult for individuals who are not technologically experienced to get the most out of drones.

The Airblock drone, on the other hand, offers all the benefits of remote-controlled unmanned aircraft while addressing these issues. It is a user friendly, inexpensive, and thoughtfully designed device that offers almost limitless fun.

Team

The company behind the Airblock drone was founded in 2013 by Jasen Wang, and is based in one of China’s booming technology epicenters, Shenzhen. Wang initially began pursuing his passion for robotics full-time in 2011 after quitting his normal 9 to 5 job. Two years later, he founded Makeblock.

This company is not simply devoted to robotics. Rather, is devoted to helping individuals make their creative visions come to life through technology. All of Makeblock’s products are built with open source technology, because it is motivated by the idea that robotics is an industry that will succeed when any individual can use his or her creativity and passion to create something new.

Timeline

The production of Airblock has moved very quickly. The entire process should occur within a year’s time from its inception.

In March of 2016, the idea for the drone was first introduced. In April and June, the ID for the aircraft and hovercraft was determined. The summer was spent doing research to produce the best possible technology for the drone. In November, the trial production will begin. This will lead to the mass production of the Airblock drone in December and January. Finally, in February of 2017, the finished products will be delivered.

The benefits and revolutionary design of the Airblock drone have clearly been acknowledged by the public, as already there are over 1300 backers on Kickstarter. Even more impressive is the fact that Makeblock has raised more than double its $100,000 fundraising goal, surpassing $210,000. This speaks not only to the confidence that backers have in the Makeblock team, but also to the need for a more affordable, versatile, and user friendly drone.

Airblock

The Airblock drone is designed to be fun and engaging for experienced drone pilots and beginners alike. It is incredibly versatile, lending itself perfectly to a variety of fun activities. As well, its wireless connectivity and downloadable app means it can be easily controlled via smartphone.

There are two main modes that users can enjoy with Airblock: 6-figure hexagonal aircraft mode and hovercraft mode. In addition to these modes, the drone can be configured into as many shapes as the mind can imagine.

Two Modes

As stated above, the drone is designed with two main uses in mind.

The aircraft mode features a hexagonal shape. It offers 6 minutes of flight time with a 10 meter range. Its speed is 1.5 meters per second. Weighing only 140 grams, the aircraft mode is ideal for performing aerial tricks and maneuvers.

The hovercraft mode features 8 minutes of hover time with a higher speed of 2.5 meters per second. It weighs 200 grams. This mode is perfect for speeding around a variety of terrain, including water.

Versatility

While the aircraft and hovercraft modes are two of the main uses, the Airblock can be configured into a wide variety of shapes. This is because it consists of independent modules that can connect and disconnect magnetically.

As well, Airblock is constructed of a light plastic foam. This means its modules will not break if the drone crashes into the ground or a wall (and it won’t damage the wall, either). Users can simply reattach the modules to build their desired creation.

Not only can the drone’s form be configured at will, the drone offers a versatile range of activities. For more competitive users, the drones can battle and race. For users who want to challenge themselves, the drones are perfect for performing exciting aerial stunts.

Control and Programming

The Airblock drone is easily controlled by a smartphone app. This app offers a range of controls which will appeal to both experienced and novice drone operators. Codes can be dragged and dropped to create commands that will make the drone perform maneuvers. Learning basic coding is not just fun; it also helps develop logic and creativity.

For individuals who are not interested in coding, the drone can be controlled with joysticks. Its 4 propellers can be easily manipulated to fly as desired. For example, it is easy to learn that moving the drone forward is accomplished by powering the two back propellers.

While users are able to exercise their creativity in building the drone itself, they will truly flourish in programming the Airblock. There are nearly limitless varieties of maneuvers and stunts that can be programmed into the app in addition to simply flying with the joysticks.

Price

While most drones are very pricey, the Airblock drone is surprisingly affordable considering its amazing versatility and design. While its retail price is already affordable at $149, early buyers can have the drone for only $99 on Kickstarter.

Structure

  • Six-Figure Drone
  • Hovercraft
  • DIY

Connection

  • Magnetic

Environment

  • Land
  • Water
  • Air

Control

  • Speed: 0-2 meters per second
  • Range: 10 meters
  • Height: 5 meters

Compatibility

  • Android and iOS
  • Bluetooth

Conclusion

Makeblock is a company driven by the desire to help individuals exercise their creativity through technology. This is embodied by their simple, versatile, and fun Airblock drone. With modules that can be connected and disconnected magnetically, an easy to use smartphone app, and affordable price, the Airblock is unlike any other drone on the market. Its versatility and simplicity are unparalleled, making this drone perfect for first-timers and experienced users alike.

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