MicroFly, an open source nanoquad, hit its Kickstarter funder target of $5,000 and will be funded. From the project page:
I've been inspired by the crew at bitcraze.se, where they are building a simple quadcopter at a tiny scale; every component is carefully selected to be mounted on the circuit board. The circuit board itself acts as a chassis for the quadcopter, and custom 3D printed components are used to mount the motors. The reason? To make it as small as possible, without redefining the quadcopter. I would like to do the same, but with some important differences.
So what makes my design different than other open source quadcopters?
In my design, I plan on using embedded WiFi, so the quadcopter can be controlled from a computer on a standard wireless network you might have at home. As a result, the quadcopter can go as far as your wifi signal stretches. This quadcopter is small, which inherently makes it excellent for indoor use.
The quadcopter will have redundant IMUs (Inertial Measurement Unit) to ensure a stable flight for the entire battery life. The Microfly will also run on a small lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from the USB port on your computer.
Does anyone understand the appeal of two parallel ("redundant") IMUs? I've never heard of that and don't really get why it's necessary.