LEGO Drones Makes Startup Fly High

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Co-founded by Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07, Flybrix drones offers people of all ages the ability to fly their ideas.

Like many kids, Amir Hirsch ’06, SM ’07 grew up playing with LEGOs. But unlike many adults, is still playing with them as part of his job as CEO and co-founder of Flybrix. Started in 2015, the company sells kits for children and adults alike to build their own reusable drones out of the popular plastic building bricks.

“It lets you tinker around with LEGOs, come up with a design you like, and see it fly,” Hirsch says.

In addition to the LEGOs, Flybrix kits come with all the parts necessary to build a drone and make it fly, including motors, a fully-routed Arduino board, and a lithium polymer battery.

Learning opportunities abound. Builders gain insight into the aerodynamics of the drone’s fan, the electromechanics necessary to control a motor, and flight basics including balance and feedback. Hirsch, who double-majored in mathematics and electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) for his bachelor’s and earned a master’s in EECS, says such concepts become much clearer when actually flying a drone built by hand.

“You really feel the feedback system trying to keep it stable,” he says.

But what goes up must come down. The average Flybrix drone can stay up for five minutes.

“Most of the time when I’m flying something, people ask that I crash it into the wall,” said Hirsch who earned his degrees in electrical engineering and computer science as well as mathematics. “Because they all want to see it shatter into a lot of pieces.” Continue reading about Lego drones.

Source: MIT News


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