Hex: The $49 Nanocopter That Can Be Controlled Using Your Android Smartphone

Posted on Aug 27 2013 - 7:32pm by Chad Buenaflor

One of the reasons why smartphones are popular is because they can be used to serve different purposes. One of which is to be used as a controller for a nanocopter. A new funding project over at Kickstarter introduces Hex, which the developers call as the “world’s first personalized smartphone controlled nanocopter that lets you see the world from a different perspective.”

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This $49 nanocopter is completely open source so it can be modified anyway the user wants. It uses an Android or iOS device as its controller via Bluetooth 4.0. A person simply uses the touchscreen display of the smartphone to control the movements of Hex. A camera accessory can even be attached (sold separately) so a person can easily view the surrounding areas.

What’s even great is that this product uses 3D printing technology. A person can choose or design the custom shells to be used by this nanocopter.

This kickstarter project aims to reach a $10,000 goal by October 10. Right now 521 backers have already pledged a total amount of $51,407. This amount is more than 5 times the goal with 43 days still remaining.

A pledge of $39 will give donors the basic quadcopter set which includes the standard shell and spare propellers. A $159 pledge adds a photographer shell and a Wi-Fi webcam to the package which allows for shooting of videos and can be viewed in real time on the smartphone. The expected delivery date will be on December of this year.

Hex Features

  • Arduino compatible
  • Real-time video and sharing
  • 3D printed
  • Bluetooth low energy
  • Smartphone accelerometer controlled
  • MPU-6050 6 axis sensor
  • No soldering required
  • Open hardware

Hex Specifications

  • Propeller: Size 56×8.5 mm, Fits shaft 1.0 mm
  • Motors: Diameter 7.0 mm, Length 20 mm, Shaft diameter 1.0 mm, Over 50,000 rotations per minute (rpm)
  • Flight Control System: Microwii copter flight control, ATMega32u4 processor, MPU6050 gyro and accel
  • Flight time: 7 minutes
  • Communication protocol: Bluetooth 4.0

via kickstarter

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Chad Buenaflor is a tech writer, gadget reviewer and blogger. In his free time he likes to watch movies, listen to music and play chess. You can reach him at his Google+ social media account