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Empower the next generation of Dronesmiths™

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Eedu is an easy-to-use and programmable drone kit. Designed with simplicity in mind, it enables inventors to quickly create their own drone applications. We call these innovators Dronesmiths. Eedu Dronesmith Kit comes with Skyworks Aerial System's free and open source development software Forge - a community driven Robotics Development Environment (RDE). With Eedu and Forge, dronesmithing is as easy as "Assemble, Fly, Code" .

Dronesmithing Made Easy
Dronesmithing Made Easy

Drones can be more than just flying cameras. Give it a nose for sniffing out hazardous material, temperature sensors for feeling heat, or any other sensor to make exciting applications. 

Drones are fun. Ever wondered if you could make a laser tag game out of these flying robots? Yes, you can! And it's easy. Check out this fun game that we made! (Production by SkyworksAS Dronesmiths) 

Eedu Dronesmith Kit puts you in the designer’s seat when it comes to owning your drone. It will expand your vision on how you can use a drone and remove those uneasy feeling that robotics is complicated. Yet, it is powerful and capable! 

We dedicated tremendous amount of focus in our engineering in user experience design, to reach the goal of lowering the barrier of entry to robotics solution development. We believe, with the right "toolbox", anyone can become a dronesmith! 

Assemble Eedu: Eedu is a drone that can be quickly assembled using the included tools. It is compatible with Arduino shields and other open source hardware.

Enter Forge: Once put together, Eedu is ready to be synced to Forge, the software part of the kit. Forge is a Robotics Development Environment (RDE) that runs on your web browser in the cloud. It brings together the best of ground control, community interaction, and code development. It will even teach you how to code! It is the world’s first complete community integrated development environment for drone applications. Best of all, it’s all open source, so anyone can contribute.

Fly your app: Once your app is built, it will compile on Eedu, and you are ready to try out your very own “homebrew!”

Forge is where dronesmiths make "drone apps". It is cloud based, open source, and free. It looks like this:

The Flight Planner Mode can be operated in two ways: 

“Pilot mode” which allows manual flight control using a radio controller, bluetooth gamepad, or Wifi interface

"Mission mode" which lets you plan your own flight patterns using Eedu’s built-in position holding technology.

The Terminal Mode provides an arduino-like programming interface for creating your own Apps. Using Javascript or Arduino C, code in the web terminal and run it on Eedu. Eedu supports MRAA, UPM, Johnny-Five, and Firmata frameworks.

My Forge is your connection to the dronesmith community. Access tutorials, ask questions, work one-on-one with other dronesmiths, create and manage your apps. You can even screen share and work through problems collaboratively with our peer-2-peer programming feature!

With our Blocks Mode, Forge users can bypass writing code completely! Blocks are simple interfaces for different sensors, flight related maneuvers, and data collection, that make it easy for beginners to get started with no experience, and advanced users to create powerful apps with ease.

No drone brain on the market was able to tackle the goals we set for Eedu, so we created LUCI, a highly advanced and adaptable flight controller. LUCI is a fully integrated drone controller, equipped with all the electronics a drone needs to fly. Features include four built in 20 Amp brushless speed controllers, an Intel Edison expansion port, DSMX compatible radio receiver, optical flow position sensor, GPS, Arduino shield capability, and more. She can even fit on many consumer 250mm sized drones, like the QAV250, enabling you to build your own LUCI and Forge powered drone. 

Experience Eedu in 3D:

 We also open source our CAD drawings:

 We are compatible with all other popular open source hardware:

Additional features that we diligently engineered:

Safety Mechanisms: Designed with safety in mind. To minimize risk of injury, the propellers are custom designed out of lightweight, soft plastic alongside our intelligent speed controllers that automatically disable the rotors whenever something interferes with the propellers. Eedu also features redundant processors so crashes can be avoided in case of hardware failure.  

Advanced Autopilot: Eedu features a fully functional autopilot that includes a 9 Axis IMU, barometer, current and voltage sensors. This means all the flight controls are handled while you can focus on developing high level applications. Just tell Eedu where to go, and it will go. It can even be told to follow you around!  

High Level Core: Powered by Intel Edison. We have worked with Intel to integrate Edison into Eedu. Intel Edison is a powerful and capable dual core Atom computer that gives Eedu one of the most advanced processors available on any drone platform. Edison enables programs to easily be created on a full Linux OS, and with processing power to spare, to develop applications that will advance drones beyond current capabilities.  

Documentation: Forge and the Intel Edison Linux Yocto recipe is provided as open source software. We will continue to work closely with the community to provide and maintain a repository for source code and documentation that supports the latest embedded frameworks and hardware APIs.

  • Parents and educators looking for a hands-on kit to get kid(s) and/or students into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics)  
  • Makers, inventors, engineers, or developers who are interested in robotics  
  • Hobbyists looking to get their hands on the next generation of drone technology 
  •  Philanthropists who care deeply about education and hands-on learning.
  • It’s not just a toy or a flying camera 
  • Your ideas, your drone 
  • Build it yourself - Learn to program an aerial robot 
  • Internet-of-Things ready: built-in Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity 
  • Forge: A complete, community integrated, development environment
Students are our inspiration. Our outreach activities inspire and foster future dronesmiths.
Students are our inspiration. Our outreach activities inspire and foster future dronesmiths.

Students are our inspiration. From our experience with STEAM outreach, we find that students are excited about emerging drone technology and become highly engaged when they can do hands-on projects. Lots of them have unique ideas and want to develop valuable skill sets so they can work with drones in the future. We want them to gain the confidence to become a future Dronesmith.

In addition to selling you the kit itself, we are also giving you the option to buy one for a student or to buy a classroom pack for our Inspire a Dronesmith Campaign.

More than ever, schools are having a hard time acquiring technology. We passionately believe that students’ accessibility to technology should not be hindered! As such, we are creating a donation fund that will allow us to distribute drones to schools across the nation. If you choose the Inspire a Dronesmith reward, your donated drone will be entered into the campaign pool that is used to award various schools that partake in our social campaign in Q3. By choosing to fund a Classroom Pack reward, you can specify the school that will receive the pack. Our team will take care of end-to-end distribution of these donations, and keep you informed throughout the delivery process.

This campaign will raise money to cover the cost of the initial manufacturing setup and the funding of software development. We are also initiating a message for people to invest in educational technology and enable future generation of Dronesmiths. We believe in order to be able to make drone technology more accessible to everyone, this kind of educational platform is needed - and we need your backing to support our belief!

Skyworks Aerial Systems (SkyworksAS) is comprised of recent college graduates who share a passion for drone technology and STEAM initiatives. We are an interdisciplinary team with expertise in electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. We have collaborated together on various projects throughout our college and have great confidence in taking Eedu from prototype to production.

Risks and challenges

Establishing production and partnerships are the biggest challenges in projects like this. Taking a working prototype into mass production is complicated and high-risk. Delay in manufacturing is usually inevitable, and that’s why we have already initiated conversations and negotiations with various vendors and suppliers for the expected demand of the kickstarter. Our promise to our backers is that we will keep transparent and frequent communications to ensure you feel close to the whole development process and always keep backers informed about significant milestones. We are excited to create the best user experience for our backers.

Logistics is usually another hurdle companies have to overcome. To make sure we fulfill all our orders in a compliant and efficient manner, we have proudly partnered with Mercantile Logistics & International Trade, Inc., a licensed freight and customs broker for arrangement of our shipments. We will also be establishing future distribution and retail channels in the next couple of months.

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FAQ

  • Absolutely not! Eedu is preprogrammed out of the box and the flight controller has all the sensors built in for flight. This means you can fly it just like any other commercial quadcopter. The programming features of Forge are mainly for high level applications of the drone. This means you focus on programming the tasks and sensors.

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  • Besides the included controller, we are compatible with a wide range of different controllers. Bluetooth gamepads like the PlayStation® 4 Dualshock 4 (such as this one) can be used or any DSMX compatible controller can be used for longer range flight. You can even make your own controller using littleBits with a cloudBit or any other Bluetooth or WiFi enabled interface. Bluetooth and WiFi controllers will only have a range of 30-50 feet while DSMX controllers can go as far as 1.5 miles.

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  • Yes! With the open source control API, apps can be created to interface with Eedu. Our goal is to eventually release an official Eedu app after shipping. The Forge environment is also mobile friendly, so Eedu can be programmed and managed on the fly.

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  • Absolutely! Eedu is designed with customization in mind, which includes adding on a first person view (FPV) camera. Smaller HD recording camera’s can also be added. Official camera Pods for Eedu are in our roadmap for future additions to Eedu product line.

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  • We are in the process of determining this, whether we sell on other platforms or have our own store, we will keep you updated! The retail price will be around $600 after Kickstarter period.

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  • Forge is built as a web app, so it is device agnostic and OS agnostic, meaning it will run on any device with a modern web browser.

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  • Eedu comes with one 2700mAh lithium-polymer battery pack. We have specially designed snap-in battery packs to be easy and quick. They can easily be charged using the included charger or any commercially available LiPo charger. After the kickstarter battery packs, along with other accessories, will be sold through many online retailers and through our website. They will cost approximately $30 each.

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  • Eedu weighs approximately 400 grams and the battery weighs 200 grams. It can carry an estimated additional 400 grams with battery.

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  • We will release a size chart and survey after the successfull kickstarter so you can order but the sizes come in everything from small to 3xl with options for "regular" and "long" for armspan.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    THANK YOU!:

    Our famous “DRONE XING” repositionable sticker produced by our friends at Walls360 and a thank you letter for your support.

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    Limited Edition Kickstarter Backer T-Shirt:

    You have our back so we will cover yours! With this reward you receive a limited-edition Kickstarter T-Shirt with our "Robot Love" design.

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    Pledge $99 or more About $99 USD

    Limited Edition Flight Suit:

    Show off your Dronesmith supporter status with an awesome flight suit! Whether it be for a swanky party or just getting in the mood for flying, this exceptional outfit is one-of-a-kind. (For size chart, see FAQ)

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    Pledge $299 or more About $299 USD

    LUCI: The brains behind Eedu.

    Due to popular demand, we have added LUCI as it's own reward. She boasts advanced features like built in motor controllers, optical flow, autonomous flight, GPS, built in radios, and much more. Along with this reward, you also get exclusive beta access to Forge. Also includes a pre-configured Intel Edison. LUCI is currently compatible with QAV250s and more platform support soon to come.

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    Pledge $399 or more About $399 USD

    Inspire a Dronesmith:

    Donate an Eedu kit to a student. For this reward, we will add 1 kit to the Inspire a Dronesmith Campaign fund. You’ll be updated with content on what kids and students have built; you’ll be amazed at the creations enabled by your generosity and investment.

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    Pledge $449 or more About $449 USD

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!
    Become a Dronesmith:

    Get a complete Eedu kit for yourself or as a gift. This pledge also comes with an exclusive invitation to Forge beta-testing prior to its official launch.

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    Pledge $499 or more About $499 USD

    Become a Dronesmith:

    Get a complete Eedu kit for yourself or as a gift. This pledge also comes with an exclusive invitation to Forge beta-testing prior to its official launch.

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    Pledge $799 or more About $799 USD

    Buy One, Give One:

    Not only do you get the complete Eedu kit for yourself, but you also get to add one Eedu kit into the "Inspire a Dronesmith Campaign." While you build your own Eedu creations, you will be updated with contents on what kids and students have built.

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    Pledge $898 or more About $898 USD

    Become a Double Dronesmith:

    Buy two Eedu's for double the fun! Get two complete Eedu kits for yourself or as gifts. This pledge also comes with two exclusive invitations to Forge beta-testing prior to its official launch.

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    Pledge $3,999 or more About $3,999 USD

    Classroom Pack:

    We have created this pack of 10 kits for those who are dedicated to spread our “Become a Dronesmith” love. You choose the school to receive the drone kits, and we will help the school to jump start an aerial robotics club! We thank you for your amazing support and confidence in our product!

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