It seems that ever since this video on nano quadrotor experiments at the University of Pennsylvania went viral earlier this year, the stock on these remarkable little robots has risen dramatically.
Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of WIRED magazine, gave a presentation at Maker Faire on how he (and his five kids) built their very own quadcopter using an open-source controller. Along with instructions on how you can build your own, he gave tips on basic autonomous flight and mission planning. If you need to purchase gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometers, GPS and wireless systems for navigation and remote controls, then look no further than to your own iPhone or Android.
According to Anderson, quadcopters can carry about a 1 lb of weight (hexacopters use six rotors can carry a bit more,) so it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to send your army of robots out for a beer and burrito run for you and your friends.