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Drones Light Up London Night Sky – With Star Trek Logo

Drones Light Up London Night Sky – With Star Trek Logo | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
It’s not the Bat Signal, but if you’re a Star Trek fan, it’s even better. And if you’re a geeky Star Trek fan that’s really into cutting edge technology – that was deliberately redundant – you’re really going to love this. Just days ago the people of London were shocked to see, seemingly blinking out of nowhere, a 300-foot high Star Trek logo suspended in the dark night sky. Of course, were they anything like Spock they would have quickly concluded that the logo must have been produced by a swarm of 30 LED-carrying quadcopters.

 

And indeed they would be correct. The starlight logo was the result of a collaboration between Ars Electronic FutureLab and Ascending Technologies to promote Parmount’s “Star Trek – Into Darkness” that opens in movies theaters May 9th. The quadcopters, orSpaxels as they’re called, rose up near London’s famed Tower Bridge in the early evening hours of March 23. As pretty as the sight was, a lot of data crunching went into doing justice to the sacred emblem.

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World's first manned flight with an electric multicopter

‎'e-volo' Personal Multicopter

The ‘e-volo’ multicopter is a prototype personal transport vehicle, steerable via joystock and powered by sixteen propellers to hover in the air. a team of german professionals— physicist Thomas Senkel, programmer Stephan Wolf, and designer Philipp Halisch, as well as Alexander Zosel— have just completed the first prototype and test flight of the craft, which they imagine for use towards entertainment purposes, aerial photography and inspection, and short-distance travel.

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Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder - Forbes

Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder - Forbes | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Runners, you no longer have to convince your reluctant partner to put on sneaks and hit the streets with you, thanks to my new favorite drone: the Joggobot, a companion robot for runners. Using a built-in camera, the autonomous drone hones in on sensors in a custom shirt and exhorts you to keep up with it.


Kashmir Hill, Forbes Staff

6/07/2012


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Our Sci-fi Future: Robotic Multicopters Follow Golphers With cameras

Our Sci-fi Future: Robotic Multicopters Follow Golphers With cameras | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it

Considering the pace of golf, it’s quite possible that some day autonomous multicopters could hover above golfers and help them analyze their swing. That may seem excessive, but golf isn’t necessarily a sport for the frugal, now is it?

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The New Definition Of Drones | KPBS.org

The New Definition Of Drones | KPBS.org | Rise of the Drones | Scoop.it
When you hear the word drone, images of warfare or high-tech surveillance come to mind. But the former editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine and a young Tijuana programmer have a different idea. They believe drones will revolutionize our daily lives.

 

“You’ll think of them being like crop dusters," Anderson said. "You will think of them in entirely new context. We’ll forget that drones were once a defense industry thing and we’ll think of it as something you’ll buy at Wal-Mart.”

John Rosman
20 Dec 2012
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49 quadrocopter in outdoor-formation-flight / Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Austria

The highlight of this year’s Voestalpine Klangwolke Festival in Linz, Austria, was a choreographed air show with 49 quadcopters equipped with LEDs. Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH set a world record with the largest swarm of these “quadrocopters” outdoors at the same time.


The highlight of the show was a magically lit swarm of computer-controlled helicopters that symbolized the virtual network and digital communities of our time, and that paraded the opportunities and possibilities associated with these impressively before our eyes. (...)


49 AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters were used for the world premiere. This aircraft has already proven itself in many task areas. “The AscTec Hummingbirds have outstanding flight attitude and position control, which was an important prerequisite simply because of safety concerns with a performance with thousands of spectators in the middle of the city,” said Daniel Gurdan, one of the four founders of Ascending Technologies.


uasvision.com  September 7, 2012

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