Skittles, The Robotic Blimp

Blimp 4_0

Funky Shiitake Mushrooms, a high school design team from Fremont, CA, have created a low cost airship they call Skittles the Second. Skittles is a remote control robotic blimp, complete with 4 reversible propellers, wireless video, and 2.4 a GHz remote control. Somewhere between a regular RC  blimp and a Predator Drone, Skittles and FSM have managed to gain a large number of awards including winning the Digital Open grand prize. The ship performs amazingly, and can perform a full 360 in just over one second. There is a video after the break.

For the future, the group plans to give the ship autonomous capabilities, in order to avoid losing another drone in strong wind. Fortunately, after that happened to Skittles the first, they were able to hunt it down after it had floated 3 miles down the road. Since they are all high school students under 17, we would say they have a lot of potential. I, for one, welcome our new robotic blimp overlords.

18 thoughts on “Skittles, The Robotic Blimp

  1. as it turns out, skittles was the one who really hijacked that balloon yesterday, not the little boy! he wanted to upgrade to shiny Mylar…

  2. @Tim – Make it bigger! It should be able to hoist an instruments package; this could be part of the load. And the unit I worked with is 6 oz. not including battery and antenna.

  3. Okay, seriously.
    So — I guess I’ll be the gorilla in the room and say I’m the only one in the room who hasn’t not noticed these look like 2 giant floating testicles…

  4. @RazorConcepts

    maybe. i dont know much about RC standards, but it seems like with so much running at 2.4ghz (cordless house phones, wifi, etc.) that there’d be a tremendous amount of noise at that frequency?

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