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A swarm of nano quadrocopters
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MyronW
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February 3, 2012 - 5:13 pm

This is an amazing video from the University of Pennsylvania. They have figured out how to make these things fly in formation and move like a school of fish.Cool

It's really pretty creepy.

 

 

If the link doesn't work, search YouTube for 

A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

 

(I wanted to embed the video, but I couldn't get it to go.)

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drewdane
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February 4, 2012 - 12:50 am

Am I the only one thinking that these things will be the minions of Skynet before long?

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Supernova
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February 4, 2012 - 1:44 am
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CPD
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February 4, 2012 - 3:00 am

That's cool. The way they could do flips looked really cool too! The only problem is, they're probably computer programed to fly in the 3d thing, not rc, and formation flying is really simple, as long as they're all 100% identical in their flight habbits.

 

The quadcopter platform is really versitile, as it is much more stable than co-axial helis and can move anywhere and do anything. Just the battery needed to power the 4 motors has to be light yet very powerfull. I'm suprised they didn't have cowls on them-most of those have cowls to give them extra lift.

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Old_Iron_Spine
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February 4, 2012 - 3:07 am

I've wanted a quadcopter for a little while, since fly move as fast as an airplane, but hover like a helicopter, and I was wondering where I can get one for about $50

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CPD
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February 4, 2012 - 3:13 am

Yeah, just checked amazon for ya, and the cheapest is a peice of crap looking one for $190. They have a mb for one too, but that alone's $85! Lets just hope that there's one on some hobby website cheaper for ya!

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Old_Iron_Spine
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February 4, 2012 - 3:20 am

I have yet seen a cheaper one... I don't know why they are expensive, they require a lot of rods and stuff for the frame, but they have tones of problems. Not that they're crappy, but they use airplane props, the props break a lot, they are like coaxial helicopters, and because of how many props there are they tend to lose power to one.

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MyronW
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February 4, 2012 - 4:49 am

CPD said:

That's cool. The way they could do flips looked really cool too! The only problem is, they're probably computer programed to fly in the 3d thing, not rc, and formation flying is really simple, as long as they're all 100% identical in their flight habbits.

 

The quadcopter platform is really versitile, as it is much more stable than co-axial helis and can move anywhere and do anything. Just the battery needed to power the 4 motors has to be light yet very powerfull. I'm suprised they didn't have cowls on them-most of those have cowls to give them extra lift.

Actually, it's much cooler than that. They are autonomous, aware of each other and of their place in space. They are not RC, as you point out, but designed to function independently and cooperatively. 

Check this out: http://www.physorg.com/news/20.....video.html

Here they build a tower with amazing precision.Surprised

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CPD
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February 4, 2012 - 9:15 am

Oh, wow! From what I thought I saw in the first, it looked like the classic 2 helis 1 remote thing, but if they're autonomous, well, HOLLY CRAP!!!!!

 

Here's one comfort to real lifeforms like us- what takes them a massive algorithm takes birds just looking at the ones next to them to decide where they should be because of where the other ones are, and they're just supposed to be x inches from them. (like us deciding that we need to be so many feet from the car in front of us when we're driving down the road)

 

AI has nothing on RLI

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Troop-107G
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February 4, 2012 - 5:37 pm

WoW, Intertesting and scary at the same time.

They got these things jumping thru thrown loops, flying 45degs thru rectangle slots, landing on top of each other and landing upside down on felcro landing surface.

This is Skynet jnr..!

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Redfive
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March 8, 2015 - 5:46 am

Amazing 

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