AscTec Hummingbirds juggling

28. March 2014

Fascinating flight dynamics of not human-piloted AscTec Hummingbirds Watch AscTec Hummingbirds juggling with balls fully automatic. The AscTec Hummingbird quadcopters and balls are tracked by an overhead motion capture system and controlled computer based. It’s a R&D project of a researching team around Raffaello D’Andrea of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). Final version from 2010: Ball juggling [...]

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30 Years of Apple Macintosh feat. AscTec Hummingbirds

10. February 2014

In a great filming project Apple sent 15 camera crews all over the world to shoot over 70 hours of footage in one day – with the iPhone 5s only. One of our customers is a very famous for his astonishing performances and became part of that project. Watch the artist doing some “magic” choreography controlling three AscTec Hummingbirds by [...]

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Spaxels over Umea

2. February 2014

(LINZ, February 2, 2014) The big celebration launching the northern Swedish city of Umea’s term as European Capital of Culture got underway at 5 PM on Saturday, February 1. Along for the ride were 30 Ars Electronica Futurelab quadcopters, which took to the sky for a five-minute performance during which they formed the Umea logo and the configuration of stars [...]

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Christmas greetings & review 2013

18. December 2013

Ascending Technologies says „Thanks“ for an amazing year 2013! Review 2013 March: Cooperation with Ars Electronica for Paramount Pictures to enlighten the London skyline with 30 AscTec Hummingbirds right at 2:30 Earth Hour with the Star Trek We say thank you for that magnificent moment to our friends in Austria and to Paramount. April: PCP-Tour – Cooperation and presentation at [...]

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Jumping “Jack” Kangaroo – ablaze with light

2. September 2013

Watch our friends Ars Electronica performing a jumping ‘Jack’ kangaroo above Brisbane at the QUT – Robotronica. At 6th September Ars Electronica will repeat that show at the Total Recall festival in Linz. With that eye-popping lightshow of 30 synchronized quadcopters Ars Electronica once again showed their excellence in combining technology and art. As usual our AscTec Hummingbirds offer that [...]

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World record! 50 UAVs flying synchronous

2. July 2013

The highlight of this year’s voestalpine Klangwolke in Linz was a choreographed air show with 50 small helicopters 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 same time. With spectacular lighting effects [...]

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TED Talks feat. the AscTec Hummingbird

10. June 2013

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D’Andrea demos his flying quadcopter – an AscTec Hummingbird with a special configuration. He is showing our robot, while trying to make it think like athletes and solve physical problems with algorithms that help it learn in progress. D’Andrea is professor at the  ETH Zurich (Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), one of our [...]

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Impressionen ICRA 2013 – International Conference on Robotics & Automation

7. May 2013

International audience at the ICRA 2013. Over 1,000 visitors found theirselves in between the elite of research and development regarding robotics and automation. Next year the ICRA is going to take place in Hong Kong, China. And we already are looking forward to meet there many of you again. The opening party community gathers around the AscTec Firefly pilots that [...]

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