Autonomous quadcopter drones aren’t all about flying into dangerous areas where humans fear to tread. Besides being disposable, they also make for perfectly precise pint-sized pilots, as this Lexus ad entitled Amazing In Motion demonstrates. When you watch it, keep in mind that not a single quadcopter in the commercial was faked through CGI — they’re all real drones flying in perfect precision.
The ad was made possible by the folks at KMel Robotics who’ve developed a whole suite of tools to program and control the swarm of quadcopters. They’ve even adapted an infrared motion capture system — typically used for computer animation — to keep track of all the drones mid-flight, and individually direct them to where they need to be. The results are stunning, especially if you’ve ever tried to pilot a quadcopter yourself, only to send it crashing into a wall. [KMel Robotics via IEEE Spectrum]