The astounding athletic power of quadcopters on TED

I saw this on TED way back when and found it astonishing. Amazing what you can do with the right code. The 3 quads working together catching a ball and returning it to the narrator is quite stunning.  

Athletic Multirotors

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Comment by Kresi on September 15, 2014 at 5:11am

Hi Johann,

this is the AscTec Hummingbirdhttp://www.asctec.de/uav-applications/research/products/asctec-humm...

Have you seen this last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajxClEq_vv8

They let fly over 30 Hummingbirds at the same time building the Star Trek Logo into the London Sky!

Comment by Janis Kuze on September 15, 2014 at 5:35am

It will be astounding when done in field and with onboard processing and positioning ;)

Comment by Johann van de Venter on September 15, 2014 at 6:19am

I suppose if you have to ask what such a humming bird costs, you can't afford one?

I did see the each Star Trek flight in London yes. 

Comment by Kresi on September 15, 2014 at 6:29am

I could tell you, what you have to calculate with. If you want to know, please send me a PM

Comment by John Githens on September 15, 2014 at 3:46pm

That video is impressive. This and this are related DIYD blog posts.

Comment by sergei lupashin on September 16, 2014 at 8:42am

Just FYI, while the frame+ESC+motors are AscTec, the rest is not. The quads in this video have custom central electronics + wireless developed at ETH Zurich.

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