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    The Future is Now.....

    This is really amazing.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W18Z3UnnS_0

    ...... seriously, I know this is just a lab experiment at a university right now, but man, this is so very cool
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    I want one!!!
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    fun to watch, but i wonder how much $$ was used on this waste of time?
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    Cool! I like how they netted the room...probably in case one goes astray.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    fun to watch, but i wonder how much $$ was used on this waste of time?
    ....said a bystander at Kittyhawk on December 17th 1903.....

    Most advances in technology start off as a curiosity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ....said a bystander at Kittyhawk on December 17th 1903.....

    Most advances in technology start off as a curiosity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    fun to watch, but i wonder how much $$ was used on this waste of time?
    About 10 million, for the whole lab. Of course, there are multiple activities:

    "The General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory integrates computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering in a vibrant, collaborative environment that fosters interactions between students, research staff and faculty. GRASP has grown into a $10 million research center with impressive technological innovations. Pioneering GRASP researchers are building autonomous vehicles and robots, developing self-configuring humanoids, and making robot swarms a reality. Our doctoral students are trained in theory and practice and mentored to become leaders in research and education."

    Some of their other projects: https://www.grasp.upenn.edu/research/highlights

    Some very cool stuff there...

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    When I stop and think about this the applications are unlimited. Personally I love the educational applications with the quad rotors in terms of getting them to successfully fly and perform a task.
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    I can imagine a lot of things this technology could be used for.

    Very cool stuff, that's for sure.
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    Very cool
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