Robotic Quadrocopters Play The James Bond Theme

March 1, 2012


This is a video of a group of AUTONOMOUS quadrocopters from University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab playing the iconic James Bond theme. It takes them a while to get going, but by the end, oh boy -- by the end it still sucks pretty hard.

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this "couch guitar" by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

OMG -- I bet Sean Connery is rolling in his grave right now. "Sean Connery isn't even dead." Oh. Well somebody -- somebody's definitely rolling in their grave right now. Probably Dracula. Get it? Because he's too cheap to spring for a Tempur-Pedic coffin liner!

Hit the jump for the at least there weren't any robotic Bond girls.

You never anticipated seeing a flying robot swarm perform the James Bond theme [io9]

Thanks to cassa, Steve and Mica, who would have filled the room with helium so their performance sounded like chipmunks and they were booed off stage. "That's not how helium works." What are you, some kind of chemistry major? "No, just not a f***ing idiot." Okay -- OKAY.

  • This_Update_Sucks

    This is bloody amazing and no one is happy. You people make me sick.

  • Eric Stodolnik

    they need practice

  • I believe you mean the University of Pennsylvania, not PennState. Those are two different schools.


  • Emmitt Morgans

    I didn't realize it before, but the University of Pennsylvania's logo/crest/coat-of-arms/what-have-you has a shield with three bezants... coincidence?

  • Jonathan Huwe

    It's the University of Pennsylvania, not Penn State...

  • Starrley Stitchings

    I couldn't stop laughing the whole time because it was so completely.... crummy. It was sad.

  • n_a_a_s

    impressive but............. are they spies?

  • Emmitt Morgans

    PURE NOSTALGIA! It sounds like an incredibly bad MIDI... *ah* the times before MP3 and download speeds above 14400 baud!

    (and these quadrocopters definitely don't have to worry about the estates of Monty Norman or John Barry or EON Productions suing them for infringement... they're not even close)

  • Guillermo Gomez

    it was only a matter of time..

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