50 Autonomous Quadrocopters Putting On A Light Show

September 6, 2012


This is a video of 50 autonomous quadrocopters putting on an airborne light show in Linz, Austria. It would have been the perfect place to be with a shotgun on the night of the performance.

Called "The Cloud in the Web," the show featured 50 AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters all communicating via radio, programmed by a team formed from Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH. 50 is apparently the highest number of quadrotors that have synchronized with one another all at once, and it's definitely the highest number we've ever seen.

Wow, so you broke the record for the most synchronized quadrocopters -- congratulations. That's the sort of thing you're gonna come back to regret when you're on your deathbed. Deathbed, LOL -- we're all getting gunned down in the streets!

Hit the jump for a soundtrack that made me feel like I was dying on nitrous oxide.

Thanks to janiak, Stephanie and BCE, who would have blasted all those things out of the sky like professional skeet shooters. Me? I probably would have blown my own foot off.

  • Quase

    Why is the article titled "50 autonomous..." if the video shows it's only 49 (a 7x7 grid)? Did you guys just decided to round up?

  • m8kin

    at least ya can see these one's coming

  • No recognizable shapes. :( Would look awesome as Pirate Bay nodes, though.

  • Dani

    With these "pixels" you could make huge screen, about the size of a country, visible from space

  • cents


  • Garrett Spicer

    I wonder how many ufo sightings were reported.

  • Mighty Molecule

    first time ever hearing about something involving a "GmbH" that didn't involve patent trolling or ip lawsuits...

  • ZomBBombeR

    Becuase noone but GW said it, those would make for a great night of target practice, I mean we will have to start shooting them in Black Ops:II soon enough and eventually those will be the recon units in the coming uprising.

  • boot88


  • thatcando

    like in my dreams!! those were manmade?? damn..

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    great. swamp gas, weather balloons, and now these things. how are we supposed to get any serious UFO huntin' done if we keep inventing things to blame them on?

  • ZomBBombeR

    No doubt eh? It must be a collaboration between aliens and makers of modern tech so they may stay hidded amongst us and disproved if discovered.

  • lordpikachu


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