Helicopters, Tricopters and Quadcopters
It seems the next best thing would be a tricopter, since it has 1 fewer blade for efficiency, and can turn with more agility. I'm tempted to build one myself, but then I see great deals on the DJI Phantom on SD. I like the built in features of the Phantom such as follow me, return to home, position hold, etc, but I don't like that it isn't very modular. I'd like to swap cameras as tech improves along with batteries and such. I also don't like the Apple-like restrictions they place on customers, such as altitude ceilings and such. Let me decide what is acceptable use of the product.
Can a Tricopter be built with some of the same features as the Phantom? I'm handy with electronics, but don't really know what is possible to build. I'd want return to home and position hold at minimum.
I finally got the guts to start flying a Blade CP Pro that a roommate gave to me. Today I hovered for the first time, but lost a tail skid in the process. Lots of fun, I just wish there was more automation available for the platform.