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Quadrocopters Perform the James Bond Theme

It turns out that quadrocopters can do much more than fly about in unison, sounding like a bunch of angry bees. Under the right direction, they can be made to perform music. The capable boffins over the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Lab (or GRASP for short) have managed to program a group of quadrocopters to play different musical instruments to a familiar tune.

Here is the science-y stuff:

In this demonstration, the “stage” is in a room fitted with infrared lights and cameras. The nano quads all have reflectors on their struts, which allows the camera system to plot their exact position and relay that information wirelessly to each unit.

Lab members can then assign each unit a series of waypoints in three-dimensional space that must be reached at an exact time. In this case, those times and places translate into notes on a keyboard or a strum of a guitar. Figuring out how to get from waypoint to waypoint most efficiently and without disturbing their neighbors is up to the robots.

Watch the different rotorcraft as they play the keyboard, drums, cymbals, and a modified guitar to perform a robotic rendition of the signature 007 theme. Prepare to be amazed, Mr Bond.

[via Laughing Squid]

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“Toe Jam” Music Video is Cheeky, Censored, Arty

If it’s your first day back at work and there is barely anyone else in the office, I totally empathize with the feelings you’re, erm, feeling. One of the very few advantages of being back at the office early is that you can watch anything you want without having to “watch your back”. If you’re feeling a little down, then I’m hope this suggestive music video will help improve you mood, it certainly uplifted mine.

The song is titled “Toe Jam” and is by The Brighton Port Authority, which happens to be an alias for the legendary Fatboy Slim. It features the vocal talents of David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal, and contains young naked people dancing, but don’t worry, it’s censored and thus, safe for work. The censor bars make some sort of art, but I barely noticed that. ;-)

The South Park version of the sextastic video is just as fun. Have a look at that after the jump.