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.

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