How to build a $200 smart drone with the Pi Zero

Part of the fun of robotics in 2016 is that it can serve as a relatively low-cost hobby, one that tests and enhances your hardware and coding chops. That’s largely due to the Raspberry Pi and other cheap micro controllers, to hundreds of components and shields available for custom hacks, and, of course, to an open source community that supports sharing information and advice.

Erle Robotics, which I mentioned in last week’s piece about the increasingly important role of Linux in robotics, supplies cheap components for DIY Raspberry Pi projects. I got in touch with the makers at Erle this week to come up with a great tutorial for our readers.

Introducing the $200 DIY smart drone. The project comes courtesy of Victor Mayoral Vilches, a roboticist from Spain, and edited versions of his instructions are included here with permission.