Drone-Carrying Drone Carries Drone Carries Drone Carries Gum

It's like Inception, but with UAVs: the guys at Flite Test recently sought to redefine 'overkill' by using four remote-controlled aircraft to deliver one stick of gum. Because science. » 9/18/14 5:00am 9/18/14 5:00am

Here's a Drone Flying Between Two Tesla Coils

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sent a metal-cage-enclosed quadrotor soaring between two Tesla coils? Of course you have. And here lies your answer in all its highly dangerous, lightning-spewing, nightmare-inducing glory. » 3/20/13 10:20am 3/20/13 10:20am

Watching 49 Quadrocopters Fly and Swarm Across the Night Sky Is Pretty…

There's something unnerving about watching quadrocopters fly and dart around. It gets even creepier when the quadrocopters team up and become a giant swarm, morphing into different shapes like a living organism. So you can imagine what watching 49 quadrocopters littering the sky feels like. It's like seeing aliens… » 9/05/12 2:00am 9/05/12 2:00am

DUPE: This Is a Quadrotor You Can Control With Your Mind

Physical remote controls might be nice when it comes to precision, but they've got nothing on mind-control when it comes to awesome. Using an EEG headset, a computer, and some serious thought-power, researchers have developed a quadrotor you can steer with your brain. » 9/01/12 5:00pm 9/01/12 5:00pm

Alien Close Encounter or Flying Robot Lightshow?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is one of my favorite movies ever, which is why I imagine our first contact with aliens like the video above: all pretty light and pretty music and pretty choreography. » 6/27/12 12:00pm 6/27/12 12:00pm

This Quadrotor Flying Machine Gun Would Kick Serious Ass Some Day

The FPS Russia people made this video showing a "prototype" quadrotor equipped with a machine gun. Yes, a remote controlled flying machine gun. They take it for a spin and shoot some targets, as they usually do. » 4/23/12 9:27am 4/23/12 9:27am

This Is Why You Can't Use a Cat as a Quadrotor

We all know the awesomeness of quadrotors knows no bounds. But using your taxidermied cat as the body of said quadrotor? Unfortunately for the world, this grand experiment has not yet reached its full potential. » 3/12/12 8:00pm 3/12/12 8:00pm

Great Scott! Flying DeLorean Is the Best Use Of Quadrotors To Date

Playing the James Bond theme was a neat parlour trick, but now it's obvious why those quadrotor flying RC vehicles really exist. And it's to make every Back to the Future fan insanely jealous of this miniature flying DeLorean. » 3/12/12 8:26am 3/12/12 8:26am

This Drone Is Better at Catching Than You

If someone handed you a tiny plastic container and challenged you to snag a bunch of ping pong balls midair, do you think you could get 'em all? I know I couldn't! But this self-perfecting robot sure can. » 9/19/11 7:00pm 9/19/11 7:00pm

Watch the Murderous Quadrotor Blooper Reel to Feel Better about the…

We've established many times over that quadrotors are going to kill you, probably in your sleep. And that's, you know, that's okay, we've come to terms with it. Or had, until we found out their crucial weakness: they're actually hilariously bad at quadrotoring. Watch, giggle, and hope that it's one of these fools… » 7/01/11 4:30pm 7/01/11 4:30pm

Quadrotor Drones Get Intimate with African Animals

Filming animal documentaries must be gratifying, but there's always that risk of a giant rhino goring you and knocking over your truck. Instead, why not use some graceful little drones? This is a much more pleasant application than killing people. » 6/02/11 6:40pm 6/02/11 6:40pm

It's A Killer Swarm of Quadrotor Drones

Someday, military attack drones will not only wage battle against enemies sans pilot, but will fall into formation with other drones and attack en masse. This quadrotor technology from UPenn's GRASP lab is a very big step in that direction. » 5/09/11 8:40pm 5/09/11 8:40pm

Tiny Touchscreen-Controlled Drone Makes Spying on Bad Guys a Cinch

Predator Drones are nifty, but all that hassle of private contractors and CIA control room is kind of a hassle! The Aeryon Scout Quadrotor makes aerial surveillance a breeze—snap it together, let it fly, and start peeking. » 5/06/11 5:40pm 5/06/11 5:40pm

Quadrotor Drones Can Juggle Balls with Each Other

We've already seen the murderous quadrotor drone juggle a ball with itself but that was just child's play! In this video, the quadrocopter plays a bit of catch with a human target and even bats the ball to and fro with another quadrotor drone. They keep the ball up in the air for quite a long time too. [Robots.net] » 3/29/11 9:00am 3/29/11 9:00am

Merry Christmas From the Murderous Quadrotor Drone

Oh, look! The quadrotor drone has taken a break from its death-chopper training regimen to play us a Christmas tune. It wants to make friends! And if you believe that enough to let your guard down, you're probably already dead. » 12/22/10 5:00pm 12/22/10 5:00pm

Watch a Murderous Quadrotor Drone Take a Hacky Sack Break

It's pretty clear by this point that a quadrotor drone's main mission is to fly through our windows and kill us in our sleep. But what do they do for fun? Just juggle a ball better than I ever could. » 12/07/10 11:40am 12/07/10 11:40am

The Quadrotor Drone Learns Several Terrifying New Tricks

The last we checked in with U Penn's frighteningly maneuverable little quadrotor, we noted that it could probably zip through your window and kill you in your sleep. Well, now it can fly through windows while they're moving. Guhhh. » 9/15/10 10:40pm 9/15/10 10:40pm

Research UAV is Preview of Hovering Spy Drones of Tomorrow

Meet STARMAC, the Stanford Testbed of Autonomous Rotorcraft for Multi-Agent Control. Possibly the cleverest remote control mini-helicopter you've ever seen, packed with GPS, sensors and computer power. It's a research quad-rotor that the Stanford team is using to develop algorithms for future aircraft like it. » 7/03/08 10:40am 7/03/08 10:40am