Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.

Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.

This video premiered at the TED2012 Conference in Long Beach, California on February 29, 2012. Deputy Dean for Education and GRASP lab member Vijay Kumar presented some of this groundbreaking work at the TED2012 conference, an international gathering of people and ideas from technology, entertainment, and design.

The engineers from Penn, Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev, have formed a company called KMel Robotics that will design and market these quadrotors.

More information: http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-quadrotors-ted

Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig
Quadrotors and Instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar

Duration : 0:1:40


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25 thoughts on “Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

  1. Can anyone tell me …
    Can anyone tell me more about the sound effects? for the audio between 0:07 and 0:21?

  2. I mean, its really …
    I mean, its really cute and cool and all, but I feel like they could have picked a song that doesn’t sound like? a random jumble of notes

  3. when the gods …
    when the gods create new thing? , they try it in a stupid experience

  4. I for one? welcome …
    I for one? welcome our musically inclined robot overlords.

  5. Yes nice!!! Now can …
    Yes nice!!! Now can they play “Mary had? a little Lamb”??

  6. Who’s really gonna …
    Who’s really gonna call this lame are you kidding mrgoodboigonebad that’s just sad I really don’t? understand why you would look it up then you can’t just stumble across it, so pessimistic because ur not talented hah

  7. I wonder what the? …
    I wonder what the? SKYNET Theme song will sound like with hundreds of thousands of these things sentiently filling the sky, bouncing off all the telephone and power lines after following everybody around.

  8. Manhacks being made …
    Manhacks being made into musical maneuverists. The future is today. Equip saw blades, mass produce them, and unleash them upon the cities as? deadly, mobile, flying, surveillance cameras.

  9. Can’t tellz ya – …
    Can’t tellz ya – I’d have ta killz ya…….. in engineering? – 30 years. Yours?? BTW, this did get ‘some’ defense funding. And these little beauties will be used for surveillance. Defense isn’t all about dropping bombs and killing. How narrow minded might you be??

  10. Well, if you are …
    Well, if you are really working in the defense industry, maybe the one who hired such a narrow minded person like you should quit his(her) job in shame. You don’t need to have a brain larger? than a nut to understand that if you can make robots act like those in the video, then you can VERY easily adapt them to do a lot of other useful stuff. What the do you expect? to program them directly to launch bombs and use real ammunition for testing purposes? What’s ur job anyway? peeling potatoes?

  11. If they’re really? …
    If they’re really? that hard up for cash, I’ll donate the money myself. Then again, considering that tuition at Penn is over $36k a year, maybe I shouldn’t have to.

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