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DIY drone kit lets you build your own wooden quadcopter ... and controller

DIY drone kit lets you build y...
The Aerowood drone is presently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign
The Aerowood drone is presently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign
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The Aerowood 4-in-1 kit allows users to build four types of wooden drones
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The Aerowood 4-in-1 kit allows users to build four types of wooden drones
The Aerowood drone has a flight time of 10 minutes
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The Aerowood drone has a flight time of 10 minutes
The Aerowood drone is presently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign
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The Aerowood drone is presently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign

We've already seen wooden-bodied electronic devices such as computers, keyboards and video game systems, so why not a quadcopter drone? That's just what SirTeen's Aerowood is, and you put the thing together yourself.

The Aerowood kit includes a sheet of 184 laser-cut laminate Linden-wood airframe components, along with various electronic modules such as four motor/propeller units. Following the provided instructions, users put all of these bits and pieces together by hand – no glue or nails are required.

They end up building not only the 79-gram drone itself, but also its remote control unit. And should buyers opt for the 4-in-1 kit, they can build four different types of quadcopters, each one with a unique frame design.

The Aerowood 4-in-1 kit allows users to build four types of wooden drones
The Aerowood 4-in-1 kit allows users to build four types of wooden drones

Although not much has been provided in the way of specs, some of the finished drone's features include a 720p/30fps camera that transmits real-time video to the user's smartphone, a position-holding stable hovering mode, and a return-home function that causes the copter to return to its take-off point at the press of a button.

One charge of the included battery should reportedly be good for 10 minutes of flight time. Down the road, optional extras may include electronic modules for GPS-based flight, video projection, ultrasonic range-finding, and a speaker that can relay sounds.

SirTeen is currently crowdfunding production funds for the Aerowood, via Indiegogo. Pledge levels start at US$79 for the basic one-drone kit, which should retail for $159 – if it reaches production, that is.

You can see the drone in flight, in the video below.

Source: Indiegogo

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