Carried out by researchers from Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Controls, the mini drones are capable of launching—and then catching!—an inverted pendulum (umm, a pole). Man, I would really struggle to do that, and these drones can do it perfectly. If you want to know more about how it all works Robohub has a great breakdown. Otherwise, just sit in awe like me. [YouTube via Verge]
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Pretty impressive, but the distance from these things catching stuff in mid-air and becoming intelligent, self-aware thinking machines is like the distance of us being able to travel to another star.