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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Google’s Project Tango feat. AscTec Firefly

24. June 2014

What is Project Tango? “As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout almost effortlessly over time. This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment [...]

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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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AscTec Pelican wins 6th IARC competition.

9. September 2013

It is no great surprise at all, but in some way satisfying: Again an AscTec Pelican won the International Aerial Robot Competition (IARC) to attest its unique flying and ‘brainpower’ abilities as being ‘state of the art’. This victory confirms the technological progress and constant research and development usability of our flying robot. No other UAV, ROAV or UAS was [...]

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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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