Skip to main content

Cheap-to-buy, easy-to-build mini Lego drone is the stuff of childhood dreams

Mini Lego Drone Kit on KICKSTARTER from Kitables
What self-respecting kid (or, perhaps, what kid who would rather stay indoors than play outside) didn’t at some point use their Legos to piece together a futuristic flying machine? The only problem was that no matter how many propellers, aerodynamic wing sections or ultra-cool stickers you added, the finished product could never actually fly.

That’s all changed thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign from Kitables, the maker company that offers a range of simple DIY kits. They’ve created a new mini Lego drone kit which allows users to build their very own UAVs — with nothing more complex than a few bricks to snap together and some incredibly basic electronics.

“The premise of every kit that we do, including this one, is to lower the barrier to entry,” Kitables CEO Arieann DeFazio told Digital Trends. “We’ve made this as simple as it could possibly be. Almost everyone has used Lego at some point. There are also just four soldering points on the whole thing, and after that you’re ready to go! There’s no software to download and it comes with a controller, so it’s basically plug-and-go. It’s incredibly easy.”

Building a flying LEGO quadcopter

There are a few nifty things about Kitable’s Lego drone. The first is the pre-order price point, which is just $50 for a Lego frame pack, motor set, receiver board, controller, Lipo battery and charging cable, and propellor set.

Next is the size, with this being firmly on the tinier end of the drone spectrum. Sure, you may want a larger, kitted-out UAV as well, but there’s something undeniably fun about flying a drone the size of your palm.

The last big selling point is its sheer durability. No, Lego kits aren’t particularly sturdy, but the fact that you can rebuild them easily means you don’t need to constantly live in dread of your next drone crash. If Kitable’s creation hits and wall and explodes (well, explodes into Lego pieces), all you have to do is pick them up and put it back together. Simple, right?

If you’re interested in getting involved, the kits can currently be pre-ordered on Kickstarter with shipping set for April.

Editors' Recommendations

Luke Dormehl
I'm a UK-based tech writer covering Cool Tech at Digital Trends. I've also written for Fast Company, Wired, the Guardian…
It sounds like utter madness, but you can now buy a flamethrower drone
flamethrower drone throwflame tf 19  3

Here in 2019, flamethrowers are in vogue in a way they haven’t been since Ellen Ripley stormed the Xenomorph hive in 1986’s Aliens. First there was Elon Musk’s “Not a Flamethrower” (which may or may not have been an idea stolen from Pablo Escobar’s brother). Now, a frankly bonkers new fire-shooting creation has been unleashed by the good folks at flamethrower manufacturer Throwflame.

Called the TF-19 WASP Flamethrower Drone, it’s a flamethrower attachment for commercially available drones which, according to its creators, “allows users to ignite aerial and ground targets from miles away.” The remote-operated flamethrower has a 25-foot firing range, and will be available for members of the public to purchase starting tomorrow. What could possibly go awry?

Read more
Parrot to build small surveillance drones for U.S. soldiers on the battlefield
parrot anafi drone in air

French dronemaker Parrot has spent much of its existence in the shadow of DJI, the successful Chinese maker of a range of popular quadcopters that include the Mavic range, alongside more advanced offerings such as the Inspire 2.

The Paris-based company has been given a boost, however, after being selected by the United States Department of Defense as one of six companies to develop small, short-range reconnaissance aircraft for use by soldiers on the battlefield. The others are Skydio, Altavian, Teal Drones, Vantage Robotics, and Lumenier, all of which are based in the U.S.

Read more
Be prepared to bug out over this insect-inspired winged drone
metafly insect drone

A French inventor took to Kickstarter last week to raise funds for an insect-inspired winged drone called MetaFly. It generated quite a bit of buzz. At the time this article was published, more than 1,850 people had pledged more than $187,500 to bring the drone to market.

Unlike traditional commercial drones, which use propellers to generate lift, winged drones use, you guessed it, wings to take flight. Much like the bees it's modeled after, MetaFly flaps its wings vigorously, creating a differential between draft and lift — an efficient flight mechanic used by flying animals. Thanks in part to this efficiency, the drone is lightweight and maneuverable, if at times a bit erratic in flight.

Read more