Build your very own Personal Drone System. Otherwise know as, "Me and My Predator".
I'm an Artist in Residence at Instructables.com, this is my first finished project created during my residency. I've created a completely autonomous, analog drone that attaches to your head.
You can't see it when you turn your head, but you know it is there!
Feeling insecure? Looking for that extra bit of protection? Do you want to feel what it is like to live under droned skies? Well this project is for you!
If you like this project or are curious about what else I do, visit my website here: http://www.delappe.net
Supplies for this project:
1) Predator Drone model. I picked up an Italeri 1/72 scale model off of ebay. I chose to build the model as highly realistic as possible (I was a model building geek as a kid). Feel free to build it and just paint it grey, or, print out a small predator drone on a 3D printer as in the photo of the white one above. You just need a small drone, this one has a wingspan of about 8" and is very light - you definitely want your drone to be as light as possible!
2) 3/4 aluminum flat bar - bought a 36" piece at Home Depot.
3) A selection of 1/4" socket cap screws, two for the head clamps, one for keeping the rod in place, length for the head clamps depends on the size of your head.
4) 1/8th inch carbon fiber rod. Ok, you don't need a carbon fiber rod but it is really cool to have an art project with a carbon fiber rod (just saying). I bought mine locally at Tap Plastics. You can also use a 1/8th inch aluminum rod but this will be heavier.
5) A small piece 1/4" thick grey felt and adhesive backed velcro strips.
6) A small scrap of Delrin plastic for the piece that attaches the rod to the headband.
I had access to an amazing woodshop/metal shop at Instructables.com - you should be able to do this project with the following tools however:
1) Hand drill (a drill press is preferable).
2) Vertical belt sander and bench grinder.
3) Tap and Die set.
4) Hack saw or other metal cutting saw.
5) Work gloves.
7) Flexible tape measure.