Quadcopters and the revival of the RC Enthusiast 

Quadcopters are the latest craze in RC technology. One day, these machines may take the place of cargo planes and delivery trucks, eventually flying over your doorstep to drop off DIY patches. The technology is already there, and companies like Amazon, UPS and FedEx are exploring their own autonomous delivery systems. FCC rules and red tape notwithstanding, kids that are adept at flying RC quadcopters today may be the ones designing these delivery systems tomorrow.
There’s been a revival of RC hobbies as the cost of building RC devices has plummeted and the curiosity for quadcopters has surged.  This is one of the many reasons why RCer is the latest skill on DIY.  Aside from the fact that attaching a camera and flying a thing around is really cool, building your own RC focuses on a broad range of skills – from mechanics, to technology, and even artistry.
Although these are rich subjects on their own, when combined, they complement each other superbly. Building an RC car, boat or quadcopter allows you to experiment with complex systems on a small scale, which is a great jumping off point before scaling up to actual cars and helicopters.
The process of building your first remote controlled anything - figuring out it’s mechanics, gears, sanding it down, and the comradery experienced in a flying range are some of the most awesome memories a lot of us cherished as a kid. Now, it’s possible to take that same experience and also take a video 200 feet in the air.
Check out the latest RC Skill on DIY.

 

Quadcopters and the revival of the RC Enthusiast 

Quadcopters are the latest craze in RC technology. One day, these machines may take the place of cargo planes and delivery trucks, eventually flying over your doorstep to drop off DIY patches. The technology is already there, and companies like Amazon, UPS and FedEx are exploring their own autonomous delivery systems. FCC rules and red tape notwithstanding, kids that are adept at flying RC quadcopters today may be the ones designing these delivery systems tomorrow.

There’s been a revival of RC hobbies as the cost of building RC devices has plummeted and the curiosity for quadcopters has surged.  This is one of the many reasons why RCer is the latest skill on DIY.  Aside from the fact that attaching a camera and flying a thing around is really cool, building your own RC focuses on a broad range of skills – from mechanics, to technology, and even artistry.

Although these are rich subjects on their own, when combined, they complement each other superbly. Building an RC car, boat or quadcopter allows you to experiment with complex systems on a small scale, which is a great jumping off point before scaling up to actual cars and helicopters.

The process of building your first remote controlled anything - figuring out it’s mechanics, gears, sanding it down, and the comradery experienced in a flying range are some of the most awesome memories a lot of us cherished as a kid. Now, it’s possible to take that same experience and also take a video 200 feet in the air.

Check out the latest RC Skill on DIY.

It’s Okay To “Fail”

One of the most rewarding things to see in our community is when kids find humor in the things they’ve “failed” at.

We’re all familiar with the chatter on Youtube videos and the comments range from the mundane to the hilarious and to the often times, rude and insulting. It’s the nature of the internet and the anonymity that the internet provides that lets trolls say rude things without fear of any consequences.  We get a fair amount of trolling on our site but we’re proud to say that the comments that fellow users leave on projects are filled with insights, encouragement, and praise. We’re proud to be able to help build a community that fosters such young, bright, and creative people. 

Program Manager Mamie Rheingold interviews 4 young coding members of DIY.org, an online community for kids to “learn skills, discover cool projects and meet other awesome kids!” Hear their stories of why and how they learned to code and get inspired to teach programming to young adults in your community.

isaiahsaxon:

a concept for a visual langugage. this has yet to be made. i’ve done part 1 of the study and i’ve roughed-in a visual dictionary for each phoneme, but phoneme recognition libraries are actually pretty clumsy, so no progress on implementation has been made. speech recognition is only successful because of inferences to words, but phonemes alone are a crapshoot.

"Every day we’re told that we live in the greatest country on earth. And it’s always stated as an undeniable fact: Leos are born between July 23 and August 22, fitted queen-size sheets measure sixty by eighty inches, and America is the greatest country on earth. Having grown up with this in our ears, it’s startling to realize that other countries have nationalistic slogans of their own, none of which are ‘We’re number two!’"

From one of my favorite writers/comedians today, David Sedaris.