Quadcopters playing catch


35 Responses to “Quadcopters playing catch”

  1. EH says:

    Extremely awesome, but as I’m sure comes up every time (I forget), these will probably only ever be used in practice to hurt people and possibly fight fires.

  2. ldobe says:

    Who needs a netgun when you have a fleet of tiny quadrotors that can chase down and capture any quarry?

  3. ImmutableMichael says:

    Relax, John Connor’s sending someone back right now to destroy them.

  4. rob_cornelius says:

    The last thing you hear will be the whine of these little rotors.

    • ChipN says:

      Just behind you in your blind spot above the mirror, while you’re tooling along with the window rolled down, listening to Dixie Chicks.   
      [Que SFX] Eeeeeeeee-ee …. Eeeeeeeee-ee …. Eee, eee, eee, eee
      [Que VFX] Blood splattered windshield

  5. garyg2 says:

    When they learn to drop the nets planet-of-the-apes style, then we’ll be in trouble.

    Well, as long as they get bigger nets of course.

  6. futnuh says:

    Wow, some serious pessimism in the comments so far. I can easily think of a dozen life saving scenarios for a scaled up version of this.

    • ChipN says:

       Yeah, it’ll save the next BigFoot attempt to cross the freeway in a sniper suit~!

    • Boundegar says:

      Pessimism?  When the US government uses drones to kill its own citizens, who have not been charged with any crimes?  When the Patriot Act is repealed, so is my pessimism.

    • Lobster says:

      A modern bomb costs about the same as much as a modest home in some parts of the country: around $80,000.  Yet rather than purchase homes for undeserving American families, our government buys bombs to destroy the homes of undeserving foreign families.  I think that’s a pretty good reason to be pessimistic.

  7. DrBlackFingers says:

    I’d like to see the next iteration combine the ball catching copters with http://boingboing.net/2012/06/07/catcopter-in-flight.html although, maybe a dog copter would be more appropriate :)

  8. SamSam says:

    That’s awesome.

    Does anyone know how open source all this kind of quadcopter info is? Is it easy or hard (and how expensive) to buy your own quadcopter or two and start setting up some basic behaviors?

    (I ask this as a programmer and arduino enthusiast, but who rarely is able to finish all the dozens of projects he starts…)

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      http://www.aeroquadstore.com/ features an overtly ‘OSS’ one. My impression is that, since virtually all the interesting complexity in quadcopters is in control, and off-the-shelf motors, propellers, and batteries are readily available, it is pretty easy to build or buy a quadcopter that will accept one of the arduino-based navigation boards more or less drop-in. 
      Because quadcopters aren’t wildly efficient, moving up the ladder in terms of endurance time or payload capacity will really start to cost you, though…

  9. Today, tiny plastic balls…tomorrow human heads.

  10. grimatongueworm says:

    Paging Daniel Suarez….

  11. Val Lindsay says:

    Glad to know our future robot overlords are only working out trebuchet technology at this stage…

  12. When the robots are learning to be more accurate, they take a few tries, then manage it. I was honestly expecting them to do a little dance in celebration.

  13. Timmo Warner says:

    I loved the “wa wa wahhhh” and the cheering sound effects behind what is otherwise a serious commentary.

  14. dioptase says:

    Robot Quiditch anyone?

  15. And the next thing you know, you robosexuals are going to start demanding the right to marry Big Dog or Asimo.

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