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Want to give your remote control cars or quad-copters a range boost? Check out Flutter, a new Kickstarter project that’s an Arduino board with a full half-mile range.

Looking for a low-cost open-source Arduino kit with a gigantic wireless range? Flutter is right up your alley. And as the owner of a quad-copter drone, it’s up my alley too. If this little board gets funded on Kickstarter, my AR Parrot 2.0 drone will get a range boost up to a half-mile!

flutter range

Geek.com noticed the new Kickstarter project, which is looking to raise $80,000 by September 27. It’s already off to a good start with more than $26,300 pledged at time of writing. Flutter will come in two versions: a basic one with an integrated antenna and a Pro version with battery charging, an external antenna and more memory for code. The system uses the unlicensed 915MHz radio band.

This video highlights the Pro version, but both will use 256-bit AES encryption for security:

I think there’s a world of potential here for two reasons. Arduino already has a big open-source following and it’s one of the easiest ways to bridge the physical and digital worlds together. Secondly, each Flutter can be a node in a larger mesh network, which could be useful for large public projects. (Or if I wanted to fly my drone to the next town over, I suppose!)

Pledges for the basic board started at $35 but they’re all accounted for, so now it costs $45 for the same package of two boards, two USB cables and a pair of breakout kits. Additional pledge packages are available to get the Flutter Pro.

  1. Kevin,

    the 900mz band suffers from interference from GSM towers. Half mile is nothing – this distance is easily exceeded by current hobbyist kit based on 2.4ghz or UHF radio tx/rx from the likes of ImmersionRC.

    FPV pilots using UHF radio transmitters for flight and 2.4ghz video TX and Yagi recivers have already exceeded 80km flights (with video) with flying wings. Quads are limited by battery life.

    Check out fpvlab.com, team-blacksheep,com and hundreds of range videos on youtube.

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  2. Pretty cool stuff. I could see this being used for digital kiosk systems in the future allgeek.tv covers a lot of this news.

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