We saw them a while back, displaying in sweet harmony their co-op flying skills. Now, they have come back in Episode 2 to show that they don’t just fly; they can produce music as well! In what is an absolutely stunning video demonstration, the Robotics researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have showcased the future of robotics and how capable their nano quadrotors are of integrating into our daily lives. Head over to the video below to see and hear what we’re talking about. 


Figuring out how to move in unison without crashing into obstacles, or one another is a critical skill for robot teams to develop, especially since they may one day be used to survey landscapes, build structures, or even play music. 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. Lab members can then assign each unit a series of waypoints in three-dimensional space that must be reached at an exact time. In this case, those times and places translate into notes on a keyboard or a strum of a guitar. Figuring out how to get from waypoint to waypoint most efficiently and without disturbing their neighbours is up to the robots.   

Their first video that hit YouTube has literally taken the web by storm more than 5.5 million views, since it was posted in late January. If you’ve not viewed it already, here’s another look.

To put it in perspective, the uses of these quadrotors are immense. From military usage to security to commercial deployment; the opportunities are everywhere. As mentioned by one of our readers earlier, these quadrotors could also help in building driverless vehicles in the foreseeable future, making road congestion non-existant, while also reducingb accidents. The real world implentations are countless. Besides making music, where would you guys love to see this technology being implemented in the future? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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