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Quadrocopters

  1. But What Do You Tip? Sushi Restaurant Brings In Flying Drones To Wait Tables

    Watch out, waitstaff -- yours could be the next job to get outsourced to a bunch of robots.

    The role of a waiter is a fairly straightforward one that really hasn't changed much for most of human history...until we arrived at the Age of the Food Service Drone, that is. A sushi restaurant in London has taken that bold step forward by delivering its new rice burgers to sidewalk tables on trays carried by iPad-controlled quadrocopters.

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  2. Quadrotor Fails [Video]

    We've all been very impressed with the amazing feats accomplished by quadrotor robots at the GRASP lab, but not every flight is picture perfect. This brief video of crashes, flipouts, and various failures is a humorous, if humbling, reminder of all the work that goes on behind the scenes of robotics development. (via Engadget)

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  3. Mini Quadrocopter Makes a Great Spy for the Robot Revolution

    We've been documenting the extremely neat, super creepy quadrocopters for some time, so we all know they'll aid the machines in overthrowing humanity some day, but now they can do so without taking up much space. Arnaud Taffanel, Tobias Antonsson, and Marcus Eliasson have helped the robot revolution along a smidge by creating the CrazyFlie, a miniature quadrocopter.

    The adorable little mechanical spy weighs only 20 grams and measures 8 centimeters from the end of one motor to another. The quadrocopter runs on a Cortex-M3 CPU that takes input from an accelerometer and uses a couple of gyroscopes to keep balance. The quadrocopter is controlled by a 2.4Ghz radio transmitter, uses a small 110 mAh LIPO battery pack from an R/C plane and uses a PC to handle the telemetry. Head on past the break to check out a video of the tiny little spy copter in action.

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  4. Meanwhile, Quadrocopters Have Learned How to Juggle in Teams

    You thought that the quadrocopters had relented in their fast-flying, statue-building, piano-playing ways? Think again. Now, they can play a Pong-like juggling game in teams. Be afraid. (via Engadget)

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  5. Quadrotors Learn to Build… in Teams

    Students from the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Laboratory have yet again created something truly frightening impressive. The autonomous quadrotors have been able to work together for quite some time now, but have recently gained the ability to build. Claws have been added to the underbelly of the quadrotors for grasping modular magnetic parts, which can be snapped together to form cubic structures. Once told what to build, the quadrotors are able to figure out the assembly plans without any further user input.

    "Our algorithm can construct nearly any tower like structure like the one shown here. We are only limited by the batter life of the quadrotor and the number of parts available."
    Luckily for the future of humanity, the quadrotors depend on external IR cameras to determine their relative position, so they can only function properly in a contained environment… for now. (via Engadget)

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  6. Quadrocopters Now Play the Piano, Probably to Lull Us Into False Sense of Security [Video]

    The Flying Machine Arena unleashed one of their quadrocopters (that will undoubtedly play a significant role in the coming robot apocalypse), named "Echo," for the holidays to play a merry song on the piano, probably in order to trick us into thinking quadrocopters are harmless. We know better, though.

    The irony of having something that will help bring about the end of humanity share a name with someone else who took part in an apocalypse isn't lost on this terrified human. No sir.

    (via Engadget)

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  7. Quadrocopters Getting Creepier, Signaling Judgment Day

  8. Quadrocopters Learn to Work Together; Humanity Screwed

    Well, we've had a decent run, guys. But now that the quadrocopters, those frighteningly competent unmanned aerial vehicles produced by the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory, have learned how to work together, it might be a good time for us to get our delts in shape for the unobtanium mines and get ourselves sized early for the bioelectrical harvest pods in which we could experience decades of dreamless sleep. Gotta hedge your bets.

    As you'll see below, the quadrocopters have learned how to team up with one another to pick up and carry objects of different shapes, sizes, and weights without making a dent in their speed or balance. Team a few of these up with a LittleDog, and -- actually, we'd rather not contemplate that.

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