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ETH's Raffaello D'Andrea presenting at TED -- Wow!


ETH (home of Dronecode's PX4 project) is now leading the world in advanced drone tech. Just watch this amazing video...

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.

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  • Good points @Pete

    Can be assume they are using SLAM? 

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    • Professor Raffaello D'Andrea says that there is no camera based positioning / orientation system in this demo (e.g. Vicon). So this really is a landmark demonstration.
    • The swarm consists of at least 25 drones flying together in the theatre.
    • There is no safety net between the audience and the drones. But I personally believe that he will have ensured it is safe. 
  • As always, Raffaello and ETH making the impossible possible. 
    We have learnt so much about control, guidance and navigation from them...

    This is when you realize how powerful the open source community is. As he says: it is difficult to estimate how big the economical impact of this technology would be, but for us, the real reward is the journey and the act of creation.

    We (DBX Drones) hope that the technology we are creating would spread, so that everybody can expand their reach to the 3rd dimension during more time and along more distance.

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