The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, as part of its innovative robotics research, has created some amazing quadrotor drones that have an incredible amount of some extremely agile flight. In February, Deputy Dean for Education and lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of his groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.
He also showed a video that is pretty mind blowing – the drones playing the theme to James Bond:
In this demonstration, the “stage” is in a room fitted with infrared lights and cameras. The nano quads all have reflectors on their struts, which allows the camera system to plot their exact position and relay that information wirelessly to each unit.