We are developing Flone: a interface that allows smartphones to fly.

Right now we are starting with the project, so first we design the airframe, it's a H quadcopter with space for electronics and free field of view for the camera of smartphone.

We would like to keep the design "mini" and easy to build.



At the moment we are using a Multiwii as flight board and a standard camera app in the smartphone.

Our plans is to develop an app than allows to fly with the onboard sensors and telemetry of the smartphone.

We plan to release the hardware with Creative Commons ShareAlike and the source code with GPL, so we would like to have the feedback of the diydrones community.

We published the airframe in Thingiverse, so you can already cut-it with a laser cutter, and we made a Instructables with all the instructions to build one yourself ;)


You can get updated about the project in our webpage: http://flone.cc ( In spanish )


One more thing... we would like to take advantage of this post to remember you that the last day to vote in Drones contest is coming, so if you like our project please vote us in Instructables ;)


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Comment by The Sun on July 10, 2013 at 4:34pm
That is adorable.
Comment by lot on July 10, 2013 at 4:55pm

The maiden flight is here:


I can not embebed-it in the original post.

Comment by Jesse on July 10, 2013 at 5:07pm

Gives a new meaning to 'air time'.

Comment by HeliStorm on July 10, 2013 at 5:16pm
Just a quick question. The phone camera will point down, or up, depending on which camera is used. Could a periscope type device be added to provide a forward looking view?
Comment by lot on July 10, 2013 at 5:30pm

Yes HeliStorm, we are making tests with the Osino periscope lens:

But we are designing for nexts releases a 3d printed pan-tilt mirror mount with two micro servos.

Comment by robincfey on July 10, 2013 at 5:40pm

are you using the internal sensors on the phone for stabilization? or another board ?? surely there must be something that can be plugged into the phone jack to make use of all gyro, accelerometers gps and even 3g or 4g , there is no real reason to need anything more than 4 motors and esc and possibly a battery (even that might not be needed) if there is enough power to run the moors form the phone battery

Comment by Jim Brett on July 11, 2013 at 7:38am

This is great. Love to see an old phone put to good use. I would really love to see full FC/AP functions reside on the phone as well. I think with Ubuntu Phone coming up to speed this can be accomplished with some hardware and software hackery that are unfortunately beyond my skill level. As it is now should work pretty well for on board video and telemetry. Possible to use for short range FPV over wifi, not sure what kind of delays you would get over cellular, might be usable over LTE. Keep up the good work!

Comment by SOAR on July 12, 2013 at 10:56am

Dude, this is an incredible idea. My kids love the idea. You are on to something here.

Comment by lot on July 15, 2013 at 5:31am

Hi Jim, I think that Android phones are fast as well, first we need to see the performance of Ubuntu phones.

We are flying under wifi, with a 20% JPEG quality with no delay. It's not a high quiality image, but we can see the landscape for fpv.

Comment by Mirek von Fajx V. (NLP) on November 28, 2016 at 8:54am

Dear gold Flone developers,

I am contacting you because of specific open source development thread. In Vijay Kumar TEDxPenn Talk (Sikang Liu, Giuseppe Loianno, Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross) is highlighted Flone, drone with simple robotic hand and drones with software enhancement for precision farming (fruit recognition).


My interested is in open source intersection - flone fruit (apple) harvester. Any workgroup relating to such flone enhancement?
Thank you for your ideas, connections and actions - pointed attention.

With best regards,

Mirek Fajx
Diamond Multi Level Marketing Dealer
LR Health & Beauty Systems / COOP GAY.CZ


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