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    Ok having a mid teen crisis, I want to build a small uav type vehicle controlled from my laptop(very James bond) it has been done.However anyone care to share how they would begin such an undertaking.I have a design in mind and have my dads shed armed to he teeth with woodworking stuff. it's just the hardware and software aspect.

    Also is this even legal.

    Ps. it will be controlled via an xbox controller but I knows how to configure that.

    Just wanted to give you creative people some brain hurt

    first get a remote controlled car

    I'd look at getting an arduino board

    Depends what exactly you're trying to do. If you just want to send commands to the UAV remotely, then effectively you're just building a radio control plane. You could I suppose create an interface so that the radio commands are being sent by a laptop rather than a conventional radio control transmitter, but I can't see what benefit you'd get from that.
    If you want to make it semi- or fully-autonomous then you're looking at a much more advanced system. I won't attempt to describe the control systems that would be required because I can't - I was bloody awful at control systems at uni! However I'd suggest you look at building an aeroplane style UAV rather than a helicopter style - the system dynamics are much simpler.
    In the mean time, I'd look at this website and also do a quick youtube search for the helicopter flying using a kinect box - it's being used for collision detection and is very clever!

    Why would it be illegal? That depends on what you use it for.
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