Xeni speaks with author and Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson, and “airplane geek” Jordi Munoz, about the quest to create the ultimate sub-$100 aerial drone. One design involved the use of a Nintendo Wii controller. UAVs are often associated with military combat or police surveillance, but what “friendlier” uses might we put them to, in civilian hands? Shot at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, California. Here’s more on their Minimum Blimp.
Update/Related: Phil Torrone at MAKE points us to an open source blimp kit created by tinkerer/artist Jed Berk. The kit is available for purchase on MAKE‘s website. Chris Anderson mentions Berk’s kit in his project post at DIY Drones, and Anderson’s project began with modding Jedâ€™s blimp (it’s open source and made to be hacked). In the end, looks like Chris didnâ€™t end up actually using any elements from Berk’s kit for the finished product, except for some plastic strips that hold the motors. All other components were built from scratch. The point? Open source sharing means like-minded tinkerers can riff, improvise, and inspire one another toward to new forms of innovation. Whether you’re talking blimps or software, that’s generally a very good thing.