2007 – THE VISION
In 2007, Chris Anderson—NY Times best-selling author and at the time the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine—built his first drone at home with his kids using parts from a Lego Mind Machine. He got chills: when a dad and his kids can create military-grade technology on the kitchen table, something fundamental about the world has changed. But what?
The kids quickly tired of the experiments, but Chris went down the rabbit hole and founded DIYDrones.com, which has since grown into the world’s largest open robotics development community.
Through that site Chris met Jordi Muñoz, a nineteen-year-old college dropout and electronics wunderkind from Ensenada, Mexico, who, while bored to tears waiting for his green card to arrive, announced his genius to the DIY community by creating a fully-functioning autopilot using circuitry lifted from a Nintendo Wii remote.