I see a very exciting future for the micro drone! Say the size and weight of this Hobby King Q-Bot quadcopter. The reason being these small drones are far quieter and offer far less danger to people, aircraft, cars, motorcycles, children and even pets!

I see a world of useful and safe personal drones with all the features of arducopter and then some that everyone can enjoy safely! I see a lot of fun being had with micro drones WITHOUT any regulations needed.

I'm willing to bet this is the true future of the drone revolution! The micro drone!

Sure I see what a lot of people want to do commercially with larger drones, but the true future of the personal drone must be the micro drone!

Have you ever flown a Q-Bot? The flight times are actually great! They are a heck of a lot of fun too. All I'm saying really is I'd like to see more focus on the tiny drone with no more weight than the Q-Bot. Sure I see a lot of small drones but anything that weighs more than a Q-Bot is going to be just a little bit too much momentum.

The future of the personal drone is without a doubt the micro drone and nearly everyone will have one of these.

Just pull the back off your cellphone and throw it in the air it's a micro drone!


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Comment by Gary McCray on September 16, 2015 at 12:05pm

Been pushing smaller is better for years Monroe +1

There isn't any reason we cant have a lossless digital stabilization system for 1080P video based on computationally manipulating an oversized video chip.

This is the way the BeBop works and my Sony AXV100 sport cam.

Roll stabilization is still not optimal because it is a rotational offset, but a bit more over scanning and a decent dedicated GPU can fix that.

Then we can have tiny little video copters that will actually produce professional results.

Best Regards,


Comment by Monroe King on September 16, 2015 at 12:15pm

I think it's very exciting! The micro and maybe even the nano drone. Perhaps a nano tricopter? Just saying it makes so much sense to pursue the micro drone over the loud obnoxious and dangerous drone. Besides that everyone can really get into the micro drone and we can all have fun!

Sure full size drones will be around but it is the micro drone that has the real future in personal drones.

I think the Bebop is still a bit too large but I'm sure that will change as we progress. I think it would be great to pull a fast one on the FAA and beat them to micro drones before they can even regulate current standard size drones.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 16, 2015 at 1:01pm

I'm in the fan club as well.

Comment by HeliStorm on September 16, 2015 at 4:04pm
Comment by Monroe King on September 16, 2015 at 4:39pm

One could even use the original ardupilot hardware and a mpu6000 series imu on an even smaller board with built in esc's I bet something like that would be a good start for a micro drone. Add small transducers and use sonar for avoidance indoors? I suppose you could use the cell phone signal for location to follow the operator or perhaps use the Bluetooth in a way to find range. Outdoors you could use the GPS on the phone for DGPS and have very accurate positioning. Things like that? Hook up your glasses to the phone for fpv? Do infrared and thermal imagining? Augmented hearing? All kinds of cool stuff! Swarm and formation flying? What else? 

Comment by HeliStorm on September 16, 2015 at 5:08pm
I could imagine swarm cameras. Say, a dozen micro quads with 720p cameras on board, and the feeds being combined as one large camera through synthetic aperature imaging.
Comment by Hans H. on September 16, 2015 at 5:12pm
Sure, but the payload , sensors and the flight time is very low.

I have an Infra-X, the only one that is equipped with sonar / ultrasound. I have upgraded from 4 engines to 12 and added a 808 camera + 5,8GHz (we're talking grams here) and flight time is anyway very poor. To go down this road we must develop / test / refine new ESC and FC. There are thousands of hours of work. All to save grams.

At the same time, there are 6" - 8" quads that is not much bigger but provides much more opportunities. If safety is a concern then just putt a "cage" around it.
Comment by Hans H. on September 16, 2015 at 5:26pm
You understand that when you say "Say the size and weight of this Hobby King Q-Bot quadcopter" you referring to 26gram. Test and tape a coin to it. Try it and see how it affects the ability to fly. The iPhone 6 is 172 grams 
Comment by HeliStorm on September 16, 2015 at 5:29pm
Bees pack a lot of processing power,endurance, and capability into a small package. As I heard someone once say, "if nature has already done it, then its possible."
Comment by Monroe King on September 16, 2015 at 6:43pm

Yeah we have the technology right now to make this happen. It's non trivial but it's there. Yes I understand how small the Q-Bot is and it is the perfect size. That or smaller and yes we can do it! I suggest we do it now and solve a lot of peoples worries about drones. Micro Drones will make it easier for people to handle standard (as we now know it now) Drones in the near future.

We need a Micro Drone revolution to usher in the drone revolution that is coming.


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