Airblock: The Modular and Programmable Drone

Create your own drone in minutes with magnetic parts.

By Dave Johnson

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: Here at Techwalla, we are suckers for robots, DIY construction projects, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) toys, and drones. So Airblock lands right in our sweet spot.

Airblock is a modular drone kit. Parts include a half-dozen rotors encased in foam along with magnetic electrical connections. To make a drone, you snap together a few modules and then fly it from the mobile app.

According to Makeblock—the successful startup behind this project—you can use the kit to create any sort of drone your imagination can conceive of, including flying machines and vehicles that hover or glide across the ground or water. The app lets you perform aerobatics with the drone via a simple drag-and-drop-based programming language.

The kit looks like a great project for kids, parents, or any combination of the two. It’s durable and rugged—the foam design lets it collide with indoor and outdoor obstacles without damage (like the Parrot AR Drone)—and it's intended to be very easy to fly.

What else is there to say? You can get a kit for about $100 (and two complete kits for just $160), and the item is slated to ship in early 2017. We have a lot of confidence in this particular campaign, because Makeblock has shipped a number of products already, including the cool drawing robot, mDrawbot, which we’ve built and experimented with ourselves.

Campaign: Airblock

Pledges start at: $99

Campaign ends: 12/12/2016