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Let your ideas soar using LEGO drones!

07 August 2017

Start-up company Flybrix sells kits for people of all ages that helps them build their own reusable drone out of LEGO bricks and make them fly.

Flybrix LEGO drone lifts off (Credit: Flybrix)

In addition to the LEGO, Flybrix kits come with all the parts needed to design and build your own drone and make it fly: motors, a fully-routed Arduino board and a lithium polymer battery.

CEO and co-founder Amir Hirsch says “it lets you tinker around with LEGOs, come up with a design you like, and see it fly.”

The average Flybrix drone can stay airborne for five minutes. All of the kits pieces can be reused to build another drone. 

People can gain insights into the aerodynamics of the drone’s fan, the electromechanics necessary to control a motor and flight basics including balance and feedback. Hirsch says such concepts become much clearer when actually flying a drone built by hand.

In 2016, the company sold more than 8,000 kits online and hopes to be in many national retail chains this Christmas. Flybrix has also sold nearly 500 units to schools around the world, including many in STEM-focused programmes in Australia. 

While the company primarily targets young people 14 years and older, Hirsch says he expects interest from other areas. “I bet you that retired pilots are our best demographic,” he says.

Source: MIT

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