The astounding athletic power of quadcopters | Raffaello D'Andrea


In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D’Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

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  1. I don't want a quad that becomes self aware and decides in 12 nano-seconds that humans are undesirable variables. I want a toaster… can't wait for that Colossus Quad to come out though, sounds pretty cool!

  2. 7 years later drones are still dumb as a box of rocks.
    I can't believe how advanced this group was. Minus the fake hand and weird stick with balls controls. That was 100% preprogrammed. At one point he failed to signal to stop with his right hand but the drone stopped on it own and went back like it didn't need that nerdy hand gesture.


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