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

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.”

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.

Product Review

It's not just light. Alienware's m15 is an entirely new breed of gaming laptop

Thin and light gaming is a new category of laptop, led by options like the Razer Blade. Alienware now has its own entry -- The Alienware m15. It’s not the thinnest, lightest, or sleekest option in the bunch, but it doesn’t hold back in…
Product Review

Ring Alarm makes DIY home security simple and affordable enough for everyone

Ring first made waves with its video doorbell, and now the Amazon-owned company is moving on to home security with the Ring Alarm. You can install the sensors and keypads yourself, then have Ring professionally monitor your home.
Wearables

How to use the ECG app, set up irregular rhythm notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch iPhone owners can own, and it just got even better with the addition of the ECG app and ability to identify irregular heart rhythms. Here's how to set it all up.
Product Review

The Brava Oven takes all the thinking out of cooking

Using bulbs to cook food at different light frequencies, the Brava Oven lets even the clueless cook a tasty meal. But your own smart chef doesn’t come cheap.
Emerging Tech

Say cheese: InSight lander posts a selfie from the surface of Mars

NASA's InSight mission to Mars has commemorated its arrival by posting a selfie. The selfie is a composite of 11 different images which were taken by one of its instruments, the Instrument Deployment Camera.
Emerging Tech

Researchers create a flying wireless platform using bumblebees

Researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a novel way to create a wireless platform: using bumblebees. As mechanical drones' batteries run out too fast, the team made use of a biology-based solution using living insects.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Bright ‘hyperactive’ comet should be visible in the sky this weekend

An unusual green comet, 46P/Wirtanen, will be visible in the night sky this month as it makes its closest approach to Earth in 20 years. It may even be possible to see the comet without a telescope.
Emerging Tech

Gorgeous images show storms and cloud formations in the atmosphere of Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission arrived at Jupiter in 2016 and has been collecting data since then. NASA has shared an update on the progress of the mission as it reaches its halfway point, releasing stunning images of the planet as seen from orbit.
Emerging Tech

Beautiful image of young planets sheds new light on planet formation

Researchers examining protoplanetary disks -- the belts of dust that eventually form planets -- have shared fascinating images of the planets from their survey, showing the various stages of planet formation.
Emerging Tech

Delivery robot goes up in flames while out and about in California

A small meal-delivery robot suddenly caught fire in Berkeley, California, on Friday. The blaze was quickly tackled and no one was hurt, but the incident is nevertheless a troubling one for the fledgling robot delivery industry.
Emerging Tech

High-tech dancing robot turns out to be a guy in a costume

A Russian TV audience was impressed recently by an adult-sized "robot" that could dance and talk. But when some people began pointing out that its actions were a bit odd, the truth emerged ... it was a fella in a robot suit.
Emerging Tech

Meet the MIT scientist who’s growing semi-sentient cyborg houseplants

Elowan is a cybernetic plant that can respond to its surroundings. Tethered by a few wires and silver electrodes, the plant-robot hybrid can move in response to bioelectrochemical signals that reflect the plant’s light demands.
Emerging Tech

MIT’s smart capsule could be used to release drugs in response to a fever

Researchers have developed a 3D-printed capsule which can monitor patients' vital signs, transmit this information to a connected device, and release drugs in response to symptoms.