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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.

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This video shows 16 quadrotors interacting with each other using light and sound at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase 2012. Some of the sequences are pretty bloody impressive, so all hail the drones, for they would destroy or amuse us all forever. [Thanks Karl!]

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soldstatic
soldstatic

ok so the scanner lights (the ones on the stage pointing up that rotate) point at the devices which have mirrors. Really awesome. But is everything just preprogrammed or is it actually done with some form of intelligence? IE, do the scanner lights look for a particular copter? Then the copter spins to do the cool shit... or is it all preprogrammed.