Great marketing action for the “Star Trek Earth Hour Event”

28. March 2013

On Saturday the 23rd of March 2013, right at the beginning of the „Earth Hour“, 30 quadrocopter equipped with LEDs took-off in order to form the “Star Trek” logo while flying. Right next to the Tower Bridge in London and about 130 m above the ground, the AscTec Hummingbird quadrocopters promoted the new Paramount Pictures movie “Star Trek – Into [...]

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(F)Lightshow über London – 30 AscTec Hummingbirds display the Star Trek Logo

27. March 2013

As a harbinger for the Paramount film “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, starting in May in Europe’s cinemas, last night a swarm of 30 mini-helicopters equipped with the LED lights drew the Star Trek logo in the skies over London. The choreography for the show was developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab from Linz (Austria). Quadrocopter maker Ascending Technologies GmbH from [...]

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Autonomous Flying Robots: TEDxZurich featuring the AscTec Firefly (sFly) & Davide Scaramuzza

3. December 2012

One of our customers presented their impressive research results in the well known TED talks, which regularly show ideas worth spreading to the world. In the embedded video, Davide Scaramuzza, Professor of Robotics at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the University of Zurich, talks about autonomous vision controlled micro UAVs, which could be used for search and rescue, inspection or [...]

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Swarming world record – 50 UAVs flying synchronously!

2. June 2012

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 same time. With spectacular lighting [...]

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007 Quadrobots perform the “James Bond Drone Theme”

28. February 2012

Flying robot quadrotors perform the “James Bond Drone 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 [...]

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AscTec Hummingbirds as drones for construction sites

2. December 2011

Can you imagine automated drones being able to build complex constructions? Flying robots, the construction builders of tomorrow? Take a glance at these AscTec Hummingbirds: Maybe the future drones for construction sites. The ETH Zurich around the well-known drone R&D specialist Raffaelo D’Andrea demonstrated auspicious aspects of that drone research in Orléans, France. Piece by piece some pre-programmed AscTec Hummingbirds [...]

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