Quadrotors: These aerial robots fly to a different drummer

UPenn prof shows off flying mini robots during TED2012 talk; James Bond theme like you've never heard it

Vijay Kumar, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, impressed this week with a TED2012 conference show-and-tell presentation featuring quadrotors, flying robots that swarm and work together as first responders, to transport cargo, to do construction jobs, to survey disasters and more. Kumar says because the aerial robots from his lab are so small, they can be much more agile than typically large unmanned aircraft. They can even play the James Bond theme on musical instruments, as shown in one of the stranger music videos you'll ever see -- and that's saying a lot given some of the music videos out there.

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