Sep. 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM ET
An Austrian art and technology group has put together an interesting and possibly record-breaking show by sending 49 tiny drones into the air, outfitted with lights, to dance and form shapes during a festival.
The art insitution, Ars Electronica, has been planning the Sept. 1 show for a few months, and although it's not quite as impressive technically as the martial demonstrations of military drones, it's a lot prettier. They've cut it together artistically in this video:
There are 49 of the tiny quad-rotor copters doing synchronized flying, which they claim is the most ever put aloft at the same time yet — outside, at least. Coordinating the movements of so many small craft is a difficult job when things like wind and slight variations in power and charge are taken into account.
Not much is written about the quad-rotor flock in particular on the festival's website, but there's a lot of information about other installations, the event and the society itself.
— via Dvice
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