I always wanted to do a quadcopter project from scratch but it never took off. I bravely went through some of the existing material scattered on the web but the it seemed a little too murky for an amatuer in mechanical structures. The stability equations scared the hell out of me!
So I'm putting my sights on a simpler balancing bot(along the lines of Balanduino) which can go around and serve tea(maybe add a Jeeves tone "Very good, sir"). Recently discovered that my office had a 3d printer as well! Any tips on how to start off with the mechanicals?
and it came from an amazing book -- well worth reading if you only saw the film.
The book became a "must read" amongst my peers at school, several years before the movie. I remember attempting to make a dictionary. I must say that I think I found the movie's treatment of the violence more disturbing than the book. Perhaps because it was visual.