This Isn't Your Average Drone... Your Jaw Will Literally Drop At 0:12.
If you've ever wanted to fly your own quadcopter/drone but don't want to drop $1,000 to buy one (or even $3,400 if you're looking at the new DJI Inspire 1), you can build one yourself for around $300. What you're about to see though isn't your average quadcopter...
MassiveOverkill gives a great overview of how to assemble the popular Emax 250 Pro NightHawk. Note, this isn't the same lightweight acrobatic quadcopter as in the video, which is for advanced pilots to fly Line of Site (LOS). The Emax 250 however is great for beginners just learning about quadcopters and FPV racing.
The idea of a quadcopter has been around since 1907, and the first early successful attempts at building them were 'full scale' concepts that failed to stay in use. It turned out that the quadcopter design is best suited as a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Since these UAV's are so cheap, they're being used in a myriad of ways. The military uses one called the Aeryon Scout that can quietly hover in place and take pictures far below, about 1.9 miles away from the pilot. Amazon.com is testing their viability in delivering packages to customers who live close to Amazon warehouses. Their uses in cinematography are exploding, since they're great at positioning cameras at angles that would otherwise be much more tricky or expensive.