CCCamp 2007: Quad-copters


R/C quad-copters have been quite popular at CCCamp. Our friend, Dan Kaminsky shot this video of two different models in flight. The first is a 10K Euro commercial version, but the second one is a 500 Euro home built one. The commercial unit has a head mounted display so you can fly it from the onboard camera. There is a second video after the break that shows the maneuverability.

Comments

  1. Chris Friend says:

    Does anyone know of any DIY quad copter pages? Googlw was of no help this time.

  2. George says:

    They need to show what a 4 rotor heli can really do.

    See what can be done with one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVc5U_Q3SYM

  3. sqnewton says:

    Very interesting devices. I have been planning on building one for fun and other purposes. Anybody in the Bay Area (CA) seriously interested? :) We may create an ‘open source’ project. s q n e w t o n -at- h o t m a i l . c o m

  4. z0rk says:

    @Chris Friend: Here it is:
    http://www.uavp.de/index.php?lang=en

    Complete plans and software for an quad-copter. Have fun!

    z0rk

  5. Todd S says:

    Not to be whining but for some reason, no one seems to be good at video-capturing RC helicopters! ;-)

  6. Linen0ise says:

    That first video copter is sweet. Wouldn’t mind building with a camera mount. I have my neighborhood believing in UFO’s after I get done with it. Nice

  7. Andrew says:

    Do the blades really stop occasionally or is that just a function of the frame rate of the camera?

  8. mike says:

    just strap some LEDs on that thing, and go out in the middle of the night and fly it. You’re bound to have tons of “UFO” sightings…

  9. EarlJr says:

    @ 1:
    look to http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/index.php under their multi-rotor and vtol sections.

    @ 3:
    I’m building one as well, but Alaska isn’t exactly the bay area.

  10. strider_mt2k says:

    Awe and wonder.

    awe and wonder.

  11. Sander says:

    As z0rk already has mentioned, see http://www.uavp.de/index.php?lang=en

    It’s an complete opensource project. And the thing flies awsome! I just cant get enough from the next movie : http://www.rcmovie.net/view_video.php?viewkey=328ecb03c598409e2b16.

    The way it just shoots away sideways ^^.

  12. meshugy says:

    I have two of these……cheap ones, but you can buy them from http://www.Thinkgeek.com those ones take a little bit of tweeking to fly that stable. If you want to speand the money, http://www.rctoys.com sells the dragonflyer; pricy, but controls and flies really well. The former one you can get on thinkgeek is made by silverlit, and there are alot of german sites that are fans of this platform. like….http://forum.xufo.net/bb/index.php Check it out, use the translate button to read it in english for those that don’t read the guttural.

  13. t0ny says:

    I bought a xufo which is kind like that. It was fun for a while then the mechanical gyro broke in flight about 20 feet above the ground. It flipped upside down then went down.

  14. Otacon22 says:

    Is the first copter seen in the video home-made? if yes, can we know something more about components?

  15. Henning says:

    The quadrocopter shown at CCC-Camp was a Mikrokopter (http://www.mikrokopter.de/). Unfortunately most pages are currently only available in German. But there are already some people from other countries building Mikrokopters. Here is their forum: http://mikrocontroller.cco-ev.de/forum/forum-17.html

  16. nathan belomy says:

    that is cool!

  17. Terc says:

    Although I’m under the impression that quad copters are more focused on stability, the mention of maneuverability made me feel the need to post an Alan Szabo clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0zH6QQZXAI

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