In the race to rule the air with military and commercial drones, personalized drones have received little attention, but it's a category that's poised for rapid innovation. One new device, called the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter, has the potential to help jump-start the era personal drones at the micro scale.
Created by a group of Swedish developers, the tiny open source quadcopter flies with the speed and agility of an insect, and offers all the precision a programmer can muster. The robot can be operated with PS3 controller, is mounted with a video camera that sends video back to your computer, and even allows for wireless charging. There's also a hardware hack that attaches an LED lamp to the robot, giving you a very sci-fi-looking remote search lamp that would likely freak out anyone encountering it on a dark street. The quadcopter's only real limitation is its short flying time, which is about seven minutes.
Offered in two configurations for $150 and $175, the robot comes as a kit that requires a least some hobbyist skills and equipment to assemble, but nothing too complicated. You can see the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter in action in the video below.