A startup in Barcelona has launched a fundraising campaign to bring the world's first 3D-printed, customizable, DIY drone to the consumer market.
Alongside 3D-printed merchandise, accessories and a practice drone for kids, backers can pre-order BonaDrone’s Mosquito, a drone that the company expects to start shipping in September later this year.
The Mosquito isn't really like anything else available today, so we thought we'd take a closer look. First of all, there is such a huge range of options that every drone will feel unique. This is terms of both how each Mosquito will look, and how it will be put together. Users can customize their Mosquito in terms of colour, as well as choosing potential accessories and even upgrading certain parts to carbon fibre.
The idea is then that the drone is sent in 3D-printed pieces, along with full instructions on how to put it together. Backers can choose to receive their Mosquito fully-assembled, but this kind of detracts from the overarching theme of BonaDrone, which is to connect people to drone technology through education, and build a community of users.
The idea of a DIY drone community continues in BonaDrone's hopes for the future. Further down the line they plan on taking suggestions for new accessories (so far they have a hook and a camera gimbal ready to go) as well as new flight features. Current flight features include several autonomous staples, such as a follow me function.
If you'd like to find out more about BonaDrone, or are interested in backing the campaign, visit the company's IndieGoGo page here.