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Hex – Smartphone Controlled Nanocopter


Hex is the world’s first personalized smartphone controlled nanocopter that lets you see the world from a different perspective.

What makes Hex so special:

1. Piloting made easy: With an extremely user-friendly control app, everyone can enjoy the feeling of being a pilot.

2. See the world from a different perspective: Put a camera on Hex and take video from the air, in real time.

3. Personalize your flying experience: You decide what you want your Hex to look like.

4. Be creative and hack: Hex is completely open source, modify it in any way you like.

5. No soldering required: Just click the kit to together to create your own personal copter in minutes.

Piloting made easy!

Smartphone controlled

Hex is controlled using smartphones and other mobile devices, so complicated remote controls are not required to get it off the ground. The control system we use, RC Touch, has an extremely user-friendly interface and is already available for iOS and Android devices.

• Multiple control methods

Hex can be controlled using the gravity sensors in a mobile device. It imitates the movement of the smartphone or a tablet in the air. In addition, traditional throttle, elevator, aileron, rudder control systems can be used to operate your Hex.

Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 for communication

Hex uses Bluetooth 4.0 since this communication protocol is available in most modern mobile devices. Bluetooth 4.0 provides Hex with efficient long distance communication.


Hex’s flight control system is paired with various sensors help to make flying more safe and steady. These components massively reduce the risk of crashing. The sophisticated electronics in the copter allow it to sense when Hex is not balanced and adjust the motor speeds accordingly.


See the world from a different perspective!

• Camera compatibility

A camera can be attached to Hex for aerial photography and videography.

First Person View (FPV)

With FPV glasses provided in the Hex Spy Kit, you can experience the thrills and joys of being in the air! A 5.8G Radio telemetry module is used for real time transfer of videos to the FPV glasses.

• Real-time Wi-Fi telemetry

Hex also lets you see what the webcam sees on your mobile device in real time. A Wi-Fi communication module is used.

Personalize your flying experience!

• Choosing shells

Hex can be customized in a number of different ways. You choose how you want it to look depending on what you like. We provide many 3D printed shells. All shells are directly mounted on top of the circuit board, and no soldering is required.

• Designing personalized shells

If you are a designer, you can design your own shells and print them out from Shapeways or a 3D printer at your home or a nearby hackerspace and mount them to your Hex.


Be creative and hack!

  • Arduino compatibility

You can change Hex’s behavior by changing Hex’s open source code or hardware. Hex is Arduino compatible which makes it easy to fiddle with it.

  • Auto-balancing hacks

The autopilot system of Hex allows it to auto-balance itself in mid-air, but if you are creative, the same circuit board can be used to balance other devices such as a two-wheeled robot car, fixed-wing aircrafts, camera gimbals, submarines etc.


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