Surviving the Storm in Comfort: Man Builds Remote-Controlled Snow Blower FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne man built his own remote-controlled snow blower this winter. Aaron Makin can now sit inside his warm home while the machine cleans his driveway at the same time. Makin, who was an engineer student at Purdue, said the creation was originally a remote-controlled lawnmower. "I'm just a nerd," he told NewsChannel 15. He added he's always wanted to find creative ways to make things easier. He made the lawnmower this summer, and had the project finished in August. He said he can mow about 75 percent of his lawn with it before having to finish up manually. The converted snow blower has chains on the tires to help with traction. Makin said the invention isn't perfect yet, and thought it needed more weight to become more practical.