Daily Archives: March 2, 2012


“Roboticist Vijay Kumar and his team at the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory riveted the crowd on Wednesday with video clips of their eight-inch, .1-pound, four-rotor autonomous flying robots performing 360-degree flips in less than half a second, zooming through hula hoops thrown into the air and building mini-structures — all without human control.

But what really got the audience going at this year’s conference was the very last clip of the presentation, a music video created by GRASP lab members and UPenn students Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev. The video featured nine of these flying ‘bots playing the ‘James Bond’ theme song using a keyboard, a drum, a cymbal, and even a guitar.”

–Courteney Palis. “Flying Robots Play James Bond Theme At TED 2012.” The Huffington Post March 2, 2012. Web with video.