Make Your Own Gadget: From Idea To Reality

A Little Bit of Background

William has always had a very intense interest in flight, beginning with remote-control planes, gliders, and other fixed-wing craft. It wasn't long after that when his interests grew into remote-controlled helicopters as well, giving him some excellent insight into the dynamics of rotor-based flight.

Eventually, Williams love for flight went from hobby to career, sparking an interest in biology and bionics, specifically the unsteady aerodynamics of flapping winged flight of birds. Currently, William is pursuing a PhD on the subject, giving him a strong foundation for aircraft design. In fact, William has already begun designing remote-control planes.

Despite his strong background in remote-controlled aeronautics, William had next to no experience with electronics or programming prior to starting his Shrediquette project, both of which were integral skills he was required to develop.

Like most graduate students, he also didn't have a lot of money to throw away on parts and components for experiments without knowing that they were the proper components. Because of this, it was primarily ambition that drove William's initial progress, and with careful planning and design, he was able to keep his costs low.

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  • s4fun
    How soon before we get manhacks running around everywhere? Darn where did I drop that the crowbar again....
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  • mlopinto2k1
    That thing is no joke! Props to that guy!
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  • quantumrand
    mlopinto2k1That thing is no joke! Props to that guy!


    Haha, "props" good one ;)
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  • frazik
    DAMN i hope he patents this thing,,, hes just invented something the US air force has been trying to do for years! -- fast , highly mobile helicopters with excellent hovering capabilities.
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  • quantumrand
    frazikDAMN i hope he patents this thing,,, hes just invented something the US air force has been trying to do for years! -- fast , highly mobile helicopters with excellent hovering capabilities.


    He could patent it, but I think he's more interested in the concept of free exchange. You can pretty much find all of the information you'd need, including blueprints and source codes to build your own tri-copter right on his blog.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    *thumbs up* dude =D
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  • martyn
    Real something, not easy part to balance and stabilise whole thing. My hat! I will love to gev it a try my self. Using William's article as starting point...
    A new hobby is born?
    :P)
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  • Anonymous
    Whoa... Cool...
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