Coding and modular builds have dominated the Kickstarter scene in 2016. We’ve seen it with Raspberry Pi, smartphones and more. But one category has yet to pick up on this trend: drones. That’s where Airblock comes in. After launching on Kickstarter a few days ago, the DIY quadcopter has experienced massive success. This is the fourth project from creator Makeblock who has successfully funded a handful of other STEM toys.
Airblock is a “starter drone” designed to encourage kids to build their own quadcopters. It has a simple app to code software and create stunts. A processor, motor and rotors are all wrapped in a styrofoam frame that can be taken apart and adjusted as needed. It is all held together by magnetic connection points. Different builds result in a variety of flying styles, from low-key and smooth to fast and loud. Currently an early bird pledge of $99 will deliver a unit in February.
Airblock is made of magnetic, modular parts that are easy to assemble and disassemble without the need for tools. Airblock has two main modes: hexacopter drone and hovercraft, but with it’s modularity you can create even more modes!Airblock is made of a lightweight, engineered plastic foam which is soft and durable. The fans/blades are surrounded so it’s not exposed. It’s safe to play around kids and for kids to play.