These days, we think of tall buildings as profitable, if predictable, tools of real estate. But at one time, skyscrapers were as technologically exciting as the Space Race. The eVolo Skyscraper Competition, now in its ninth year, aims to recapture some of that excitement.
Four small corner-mounted rotors has become the most common configuration for autonomous hovering aircraft these days. But it turns out that if you're willing to add a few more rotors into the mix—like say 14—suddenly you've got yourself an octodecacopter that's strong enough to carry a couple of human passengers.
Why screw around with one propellor when your personal multicopter can have 16. I cannot wait to hover around my neighborhood making everyone jealous and finding frisbees stuck on roofs.