Viewing entries tagged
personal project

Drone + Donut = Dronut (VIDEO)

Drone + Donut = Dronut (VIDEO)

It's not every day you see a donut flying over the treetops.

For a while now, our friend Danny and I have been thinking about how much fun it would be to use the drone to deliver a donut to our friends who live down the street. We had some time last Sunday and the weather was perfect for a late afternoon dronut delivery.   

The rig was a simple frame and hook contraption formed out of stiff electrical wire attached to the landing gear of the DJI Phantom 4. A chocolate frosted donut with sprinkles from Dunkin' Donuts (Henry's favorite) was securely loaded onto the hook and away it went, over the treetops.

All was going according to plan, that is until the iPad that was controlling the drone suddenly shut down and went black! I no longer had any visual from the camera, but thanks to it's advanced features, the drone was fine, just hovering in place waiting for instruction. I swapped out the iPad for my phone, and we were back in business.

Overall, our first dronut delivery was a success! Now to figure out how to attach a cup of coffee...

(song by Matt Chaney, re-worked and performed by Emma Charette and Daniel Castro)