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Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Quadrotors perform James Bond theme (Video)

Last month we posted a video showing nano quadrotors flying in scarily perfect formation, the product of research at the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.


(YouTube/GRASP)
Now, GRASP has done it again, but this time, the robots are shown performing the James Bond theme, by playing instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and a “guitar” built from a couch frame. They play the “couch guitar” by plucking strings on a couch frame with a stiff wire attached to the quadrator’s base. A microphone attached to the frame records the notes.

“These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them,” GRASP wrote on their YouTube channel. “They are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.”

The video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on Wednesday.

CNET reports that GRASP’s research on quadrators is a step toward coordinating robots for searching areas after a disaster, or for surveillance similar to that done by drones.

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Tags:  National, quadrators, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania

 
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