Tiny Whoop is a tiny FPV (First Person Video/View) quadcopter. If you have been to one of our open house events over the past few months you more than likely have been buzzed by one of these tiny helicopters (Sorry!). Wondered what all the fuss was about? Curious about getting your own Tiny Whoop? Here is our getting started guide to get you in the air with the rest of the makers!
How to get started:
- Buy a Tiny Whoop
- Buy FPV Headset
Well, since we are Makers and while you can buy a ready to fly Tiny Whoop (~$275) what’s the fun in that? We’re handy do-it-yourself Makers of course we’ll build our own!
You can start like many of us did with the cheaper Tiny Whoop Clone: Eachine 010, Eachine TX01 Camera, and a budget FPV Goggles. For around $84 (before tax, shipping) you can be in the air without breaking the bank! You’ll probably want some extra batteries so you can keep flying while recharging dead batteries. Keep in mind that while going this route is cheaper, you will have to wait for the items to ship from the Chinese warehouse (not everything is in stock in the US warehouse).
You can also part out your own flight controller (FC, we recommend the beecore). With an upgraded FC you can use your existing controller/transmitter. You can also upgrade the motors easily and some of our members are experimenting with 3D printing ultra light frames to get even more performance out of their racers.
This is enough to get you in the air and competing with other Tiny Whoop racers at the space. Happy flying, hope to see you at our next Open House Meeting!
At the December 2016 board meeting, the 2017 Board Member Election results were ratified:
President – Claudio Donndelinger
Treasurer – Cliff Gurlen
Secretary – Chamberlin
Social Media Director – Ernest McCracken
After ratification of the results, Ernest McCracken informed the board he needed to step down from his position. We thank him for his service to the group.
This left two vacancies in the board. Per the bylaws the following members were nominated and voted in to fill the vacancies:
Vice President – Joe Ferguson
Social Media Director – Todd Wright
Congratulations to our 2017 Board!
We’re in the process of finalizing our move, from our smaller shop to the larger shop next door! We still need your help, your understanding and your patience. We’re planning on hosting a grand reopening when we have things finished up! In the meantime, the space is open to paying members, but please keep in mind that some equipment may not be operational.
The attendees of the second in a series of soldering classes built an LCD Backpack, available from Dangerous Prototypes. The LCD screens work over USB or serial connections and can be used for multiple different things. Keep an eye out for our other upcoming classes!
Thanks to Ben and the Sandblasting cabinet he made for an older project (WordClock) we have been able to make some really interesting things! We used our vinyl cutter to cut the custom vinyl stickers. The stickers served as a blasting mask, to protect the rest of the glass. Sandblasting is quick, you can go from a digital drawing to a custom sandblasted glass in an hour!
Come by one of our Open House Meetings on Friday at 7pm to check it out! RSVP at Meetup.com