A swarm of autonomous drones giving a light show in a building during a TED talk is mesmerizing and amazing to watch. It starts at around 8:18. Highly recommended.
Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.
This “athletic” drone can balance a pole and even hit a ball back. Crazy, right?
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.
At the end of the talk, D’Andrea makes the point that drones can be abused (as weapons) and I agree that this is important to address. This awesome technology can be used for good or bad, it is up to us.
Finally, here are some eagles vs drones. There could be anti-drone eagle units. I’ve read that eagle talons do not get injured by the blades and they they are fast enough to avoid them in any case.