What's so great about Air:bit?
Want to learn how to build and code a drone? Micro:bit and the Makecode platform is already one of the easiest ways to learn how to code. Give your micro:bit wings and master the inner workings of a quadcopter!
Air:bit combines the micro:bits ease of use with the excitement of a drone. It is the world's first ever developed micro:bit drone, combining the relevant skills for mastering the future of technology. It is a STEAM learning kit, which will engage students with a more practical and creative way of learning. It is fully repairable and withstands a lot of crashes. The best of all - it is affordable comparing to other drones.
Video explainer link here
The micro:bit was originally released in UK back in 2016 to teach coding and hardware in schools. The minicomputer was designed to be simple and powerful at the same time. All coding can be done in a web browser or on your iPhone/iPad. Air:bit is utilizing micro:bits many features like the long-range Bluetooth radio, accelerometer and multiple input and outputs. Control the drone using another micro:bit and its motion sensors, an iOS unit, or our open source Android App. While having a lot of fun, you will understand the inner workings of a drone, from physics to programming and telemetry.
Air:bit in education
Air:bit is a true STEAM learning tool. As a teacher you can dive into following subjects:
- Physics: Electronics, electromechanics, aerodynamics, acceleration and gravity
- Math: Geometry, functions, scale factors and vectors
- Technology: Bluetooth, telemetry, data logging, lithium battery technology
- Arts: Design a drone frame using materials like wood or 3d-printing. Invent your own flying machine.
Air:bit in schools video here
Air:bit is also perfect to conduct experiments where data logging is needed. You can collect data like temperature, battery voltage and acceleration in real time and store it for analysis in spreadsheets. Data logging can be done using the Android App or another micro:bit.
Choose between 3 methods to pilot Air:bit:
- iOS app: Use the micro:bit app for iPhone or iPad
- Android app: Use our Android app, made with MIT App Inventor
- Another micro:bit: Use another micro:bit and its motion sensor, buttons and screen to remotely operate your Air:bit using ergonomic motion.
How to fly video here
- Usage: Indoor and outdoor, not colder than 15 degrees Celsius
- Size: about 120x110x30 cm
- Weight: about 90 grams (take-off weight)
- Frame materials: Birch plywood, nylon screws
- Flight time: up to 7 minutes on each battery
- Operating range: 50-100 meter (Bluetooth long range)
- Altitude: Max 50 meter recommended
- Remote control: Android App, iOS app, or another micro:bit
- Telemetry: Acceleration, battery voltage, temperature and more
- Sensor support: TOF (distance), Sonar, Barometer* (*soldering might be required)
- I/O Ports: Serial, I2C,PWM, Analog Voltage
The Air:bit basic kit includes:
- Air:bit multi:bit control board with sensors, motor drivers, I/O connectors and built in charger
- 8 propellers (4 spares)
- 4 dc high power coreless motors
- Lithium Polymer battery
- Koskisen birch plywood frame
- Remote control plate to convert a micro:bit into a remote control
- All necessary nuts, bolts, fasteners and rubber bands
- Digital instructions and how-to videos in english language