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When you hear the word “drone,” you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value?

Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D’Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight – from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that’s ambivalent to orientation… to a swarm of tiny coordinated microquadcopters.

Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.

Thanks to reader Marc for sending this one along to share with all of you. Words like dazzling are good. It is fascinating to me how artists gravitate to drones to express themselves.


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