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: Video Produced and Directed by Kurtis Sensenig Quadrotors and Instruments by Daniel Mellinger, Alex Kushleyev and Vijay Kumar
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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23 Responses to Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme

  1. matthewandbob says:

    this is awesome 

  2. EricAfor91 says:

    274 people will be sacrificed to placate the robots when they take over

  3. AGrandt says:

    My ears tells me this could have been better. But the geek in me tells me it’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

  4. jrblackify says:

    Tiny black helicopters are real, and this is what they do on their time off.

  5. bigpapablu says:

    Isn’t that the drummer that had sex with Paris Hilton?

  6. maflores82 says:

    fuck you too


    Kill yoself mah nigga

  8. australo88 says:

    Watch this from about 6:33 on…. O.o

  9. SFtheWolf says:

    Aperture Laboratories on an average weekend

  10. david blue says:

    這太神奇了!!!!^^ (但是….也太可怕.~)

  11. NoDirection888 says:

    And in 10 years time, we’ll fear this anthem as our intelligent flying robot masters lay waste to our cities.

  12. Firstblood1111 says:

    After acquiring the ability to accurately automate airborne musicians I have been left in utter shock. Absolutely amazingly awe-inspiring. Awesome!

  13. Damian Rhea says:

    Exactly. And the day after breeding a new specie.

  14. Aman Achpal says:

    WOW. :O

  15. brahim121985brahim says:


  16. maflores82 says:

    fuck you

  17. dibelonious says:

    Today playing music. Tomorrow killing people.

  18. Goaliebeast911 says:

    “We’ve created super precise robots guys… LETS MAKE IT PLAY SOME JAMES BOND.” LOL

  19. cagatayakkaya55 says:

    SKYNET o_O

  20. Sean Connery says:

    this is so funny

  21. agari508 says:

    now thats some cool stuff man!

  22. agari508 says:

    so robots can do the james bond theme? that was awesome.

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