A group of UPenn Engineering students have taken several quadrotors and turned them into robotic musicians. We’ve seen the great swarming abilities of these machines recently, but now using various instruments and noisemakers, these aerial drones manage to plunk out a fairly convincing version of the “James Bond” theme.

The students who created this piece have started their own company, KMel Robotics, from which I’m sure we’ll see (and hear) more innovation by these tiny UAVs.

[via The Creators Project]

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Michael Colombo

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


  • Josh Vance

    That is amazing. I don’t even want to know how long that took to program.

  • http://gravatar.com/dutchfreak dutchfreak

    well it sure is a “A View to a Kill”

    :P sorry, i had to.

  • rocketguy1701

    The control for the picket fencing quadcopters was particularly brilliant. Loved how they scooted back around and queued up for their runs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/michaelcolombo Michael Colombo

      Yes! An aerial assembly line…

  • https://plus.google.com/104499674695971578208 Martin Harvey

    I once saw around 6 or 8 hacked floppy disk drives playing the doctor who theme. It was amazing!