Watch These Quadcopters Fly In Perfect Formation Thanks To Motion Capture

There's no denying it — quadcopters are awesome. The level of awesome by which they are measured depends on what they can carry, how small they are and how close they can fly to each other without colliding. Based on my calculations, these Japanese drones intended for the police are some of the most amazing things I've ever seen.

We know that drones can fly in perfect formation as a unit, but these drones developed by Chiba University work a little differently.

A camera connected to a central computer monitors several motion capture markers mounted to the top of the drones and calculates their position. Within 10 milliseconds, the central computer has told the drone where the other drones are in relation to it, meaning that crashes are near impossible.

According to DigInfo these quadcopters were recently used in an exercise by the Japanese police. A chemical explosion was simulated and the quadcopters were dispatched to check if anyone was trapped at the site. The exercise went well and now the Japanese are looking to use these full time. [Diginfo via Engadget]


Comments

    There has been a lot of this done before.
    It's actually not difficult to control X number of quads in a small area. Basically all you are doing is using a host computer to position dots in 3D space. Makes no difference whether you use motion capture, telemetry feedback or just cameras.
    I want to see quads that can fly in formation and communicate without the need of being in a tightly controlled environment.
    I guess this motion capture would allow you to take it outdoors, but you would still need multiple cameras and constant line of sight.
    All of these methods don't work if your drone flies inside a room and out of sight of the cameras.

    Can't believe the South Korea police can utilize these cool gadgets but the best Aus has are tasers. Zapp. Lol.

      " these Japanese drones "

    Are you sure it's south Korea? The guy in the video is Japanese (he was speaking Japanese and all the signs are in Japanese), and Chiba university is in japan.

    Chiba Uni is in Japan .... hint 1
    Kenzo Nonami is a Japanese name... hint 2
    & he is is speaking Japanese... hint 3, that this is not South Korean.

    Why are these things called quadcopters? It doesn't make sense to mix Latin (quad) and Greek (ptera) in one word. Shouldn't it be tetracopter?

      It's a quad (rotor) (heli)copter.
      Another common name is simply quadrotor.
      I am wondering where you got the (ptera) bit though!?

    Also, if they can do this.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cseTX_rW3uM
    Then this is no big deal.

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