ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
The project was to design a low-cost small brushless motor quadcopter for hobby use. It needed to be small enough to fly indoors, but also powerful enough to carry a payload such as a small video camera. It was also designed to be upgradeable with future capabilities such as auto pilot, and easily modified by the hobbyist.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
Work started in Spring 2010. The development took about a year.
What was your goal in building this project?
The goal was to achieve the above functionality, at a competitive price for the hobby market.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
It turns out that the QuadPod may make an ideal outdoor aerial photography platform, in applications where high-cost heavy equipment is unsuitable. These include filming in remote locations, situations where the equipment is put at risk, and shots where multiple camera angles are an advantage.
What makes your idea unique?
The main unique feature is the small size - brushless motor quadcopters are generally much larger.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
The motors use two miniature ball races each.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
Its capabilities, and where to find us. (Web: www.snelflight.co.uk )
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
Growing our small enterprise to reach more customers.