Make Your Own Gadget: From Idea To Reality

Future Developments and More Information

Just because his project is a success doesn't mean it's finished. William still has plenty of ambition for his Shrediquette project. He is now working on a solution to incorporate a GPS unit into the Shrediquette platform for fully automated control. Once incorporated into the DLXm model, it has the potential to become the world's smallest autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Autonomous indoor waypoint navigation with a tricopter

He has also done experiments using Webcam tracking where a computer watches the tri-copter and controls it via a wireless link. It's a relatively new method in automated flight, but it has a lot of potential. Many universities are researching the very same method.

If you're interested in building a Shrediquette-based tri-copter yourself, William has created a very thorough and well-crafted instruction guide available here. William also updates a blog displaying his progress on current projects, including Shrediquette. 

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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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