February 25, 2013

DIY remote-control indoor blimp with Arduino

 If you can get your hands on an indoor blimp inflated with helium, then the next step is to add a propulsion system and remote control, and an example of this has been documented by Instructables member "masynmachien". By creating large fins that are controlled by micro servos, and putting one on each side of blimp - it can "swim" through the air at a sedate pace. Plus with the servos being controlled by a bare Arduino-compatible circuit it was easy to add remote-control via infra-red. At first it sounded a little far-fetched, but it works - for example:

That's incredible - and you can do it to by following the instructions from here. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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