Intel’s Drone 100 @ Vivid Syndey 2016

27. June 2016

Program highlight of Vivid Sydney 2016 was the public debut of Drone 100. Together with Ars Electronica, Intel has created a Microdrone show of 100 AscTec Hummingbirds in the Australian night sky illuminating the port of Sydney. Drone 100: 100 dancing Microdrones A new attraction to this year`s Vivid Sydney was Intel`s Drone 100. The Guinness World Record setting drone [...]

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Drone 100 – AscTec Hummingbirds enable World Record

7. January 2016

With 100 dancing drones Intel and Ars Electronica set a Guinness World Record for “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously” – using 100 AscTec Hummingbirds. The Making of Drone 100 Dubbed Drone 100, the spectacle set a Guinness World Record for most UAVs airborne simultaneously. When video of Drone 100 was first shown during Krzanich’s CES 2016 keynote two [...]

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Back to the Future 10 – Drones at the limit

21. August 2015

Exploring the limits of drones: The AscTec Hummingbird has been part of various revolutionary drone tricks. Most of the videos including our tiny unmanned aerial vehicle are made possible by the ETH Zurich. Now the researchers are training the drone to the very limits of the possible. The Swiss university is one of the world’s leading universities for technology and [...]

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AscTec Hummingbird Drones at the ESC

28. May 2015

Drones at the ESC ! The AscTec Hummingbirds from Bavaria have been stars at the Eurovision Song Contest. Thanks to our customer Ars Electronica Futurelab who made this possible: A futuristic contribution at the ESC with LED drones for about 195 million people watching. LED drones controlled by “magic wand” Every year there are “postcards” sent by each participating country [...]

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Back to the Future 5 – The drone invasion

21. March 2015

No drone invasion, but art: The highlight of the voestalpine Klangwolke in Linz 2012 was a choreographed air show with 50 small AscTec Hummingbirds equipped with LEDs. Ars Electronica Futurelab and Ascending Technologies GmbH set a world record with this, because this was the largest swarm of these “quadrocopters” (so called because of their four large rotors) outdoors at the [...]

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10 Years YouTube – Top 10 UAV Videos

14. February 2015

Ascending Technologies congratulates the leading video network with an Ascending Technologies top ten list: Top 10 UAV Videos with multi-rotor systems, autopilot systems or UAV- and drone technology from Ascending Technologies. Top 10 UAV Videos – #1: Raffaello D’Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters | TED | 1 year ago | 4.403.434 views Top 10 UAV Videos – #2: [...]

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Sparked – Drone Interaction Arts

3. February 2015

SPARKED is a short film that combines human dramatic performance with a group of computer controlled flying machines, resulting from a collaboration between ETH Zurich, Verity Studios, and Cirque du Soleil. Its visual textures are real – no CGI or wires, slow-mo or fast-forwards were used to enhance what you see. Watch that human drone interaction: Technology The film shoot [...]

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Clusters of Light by Spaxels

5. December 2014

Clusters of Light in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) 2014 / Islamic Capital of Culture Opening by Spaxels / Ars Electronica featuring AscTec Hummingbirds. Commissioned by Multiple & Spinifex Group (, the Spaxels took part with Clusters of Light in a multimedia spectacle in Sharja (UAE). The LED equipped AscTec Hummingbirds swarmed above the newly built amphitheater on the coast of [...]

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