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LED 49-unit Quadcopter Formation Foreshadows The Robot Takeover

Perhaps there are a few more steps between 49 semi-autonomous quadcopters doing a little aerial dancing and Skynet, but we’re awed and apprehensive at the same time. Check out the video to see them in action.

The video comes to us courtesy of a German art conference, Ars Electronica, and a colloboration between two design groups Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH. The above video is just their warmup routine; according to YouTube comments they’ll be uploading even more videos of the quadcopters and their synchronized night flights in the coming days.

[via Motherboard]

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  • Published 09/7/12

Comments (5)

  1. Brad

    Oh crap I can see all the UFO videos being posted on youtube now with this video in it.

  2. Richard Steven Hack

    If you notice at the beginning, during the initial liftoff, a bunch of them didn’t take off and the handlers scrambled on to the field to tend to them. :-)

    I also wouldn’t call this “synchronized” as most of the time they were just wobbling around in no discernible pattern…

    I think Skynet has a ways to go yet…In any event, I’m waiting for them to come up with my own Cameron Phillips Terminator! :-)

  3. r

    …trippy light show !!

  4. Christian

    Trivia: this video actually comes from Austria (as in “Mozart” or “Falco”), a small neighbour country of Germany’s. It shows one of the attractions of the, previously mentioned, yearly Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Upper Austria, that is hosted by the Ars Electronica Center (a museum of the digital age) and state television agency ORF. See also:

    [1] http://www.aec.at/klangwolke/en/
    [2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars_Electronica
    [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ars_Electronica_Center

  5. Thengit

    The Ars Electronica is in Austria, NOT Germany!

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