I very much enjoy watching TED Talks and every now and then one that is aviation related comes along. I watched this one and found it very topical and worth sharing here on FlyBoyz. Rather than try to describe the video myself, I’ll borrow the description from TED itself as follows:
‘When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight — from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation … to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.’
While all of these ‘drones’ were amazing and interesting, the one that really caught my attention was the swarm. It was like watching something from out of a science fiction movie. And as I watched the swarm fly, all I could think of was that the possibilities for utilizing this technology are unimaginable, intriguing, and…scary! Watch for yourself and see what you think.