Smartphone Drone Turns The Sky Into A Public Research Space [Video]


Flone can be controlled by a smartphone and allows another smartphones to fly and take photos.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 4 april 2014

Smartphones can do most anything, and now, thanks to three engineers from Spain, they can fly on a specially-designed platform to take aerial photo and video.

Flone is a hardware and software interface that turns a smartphone into a flying apparatus that can fly up to 20 meters above the ground. It is controlled using another smartphone.

Flone was created by Lot Amorós, a multidisciplinary artist and computer engineer, Cristina Navarro, a technical engineer, and Alexandre Oliver, an industrial engineer. They created Flone for the “Next Things 2013 – Next Space, the Second Global Art and Technology Challenge,” a call for ideas by Telefónica I+D and LABoral.


The device was created to make public air space accessible to everyone as a platform for research before legislation makes it illegal to “occupy” that space. The creators of Flone explained to We Make Money Not Art that some countries either have unclear or strict laws about airspace for private drones or are about to regulate that airspace.

The creators of Flone developed an H-shaped physical platform and are working on the software interface for the drone. They have also developed an Android app for controlling Flone.

More information about the project can be found on the official website. The structure for Flone can also be found on Thingiverse.

Watch the videos below to see Flone in action.

Source: Prosthetic Knowledge, We Make Money Not Art

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