More mindblowing stuff from the U-Penn swarming quad team

Sure, it's all controlled by a Vicon system that nobody but a big university lab can afford, but look at the lights! Gorgeous robotic choreography from the U-Penn GRASP Lab team, shown at Cannes. 16 quads with mirrors and LED displays. It really takes off around 2:30.


(via IEEE Spectrum)


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Comment by Jack Crossfire on June 26, 2012 at 4:01pm

Almost as good as what the unemployed masses did a year ago, with a lot less money.

Comment by Alex on June 26, 2012 at 7:19pm

What a waste of time!

Surely they should have concentrated their efforts on more useful things like making an actual physical game of Space Invaders!


Comment by Dany Thivierge on June 26, 2012 at 7:41pm

Nice visuals, also nice to see that even with the Vicon system they are not *perfect*.

Now turn off the external tracking system and lets start to add swarm code to the APM 3.0 code base! hehe

Congrats to the team for programming such show. Now get back to work, fun is over! ;) 

Comment by Nick Squillace on June 26, 2012 at 7:42pm

I agree with alex lol but this is a feat nonetheless, amazing!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 26, 2012 at 8:06pm

I was thinking the same thing Dany.  The beams of light betray the fact that their loiter isn't perfect.  Obviously it's REALLY good, but not perfect.

Comment by Garry Qualls on June 27, 2012 at 8:12pm

This 30 second preview clip shows some details about how they are getting this done:

These are exciting times...


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