Flying Hexrotors Perform Classical Music

Posted on April 26, 2014

Here is an entertaining robotic music video. KMel Robotics, a company founded in late 2011 by University of Pennsylvania graduates, Alex Kushleyev and Daniel Mellinger, released this video of hexrotor drones making music. The developers told NBC News that "an overhead network of motion capture cameras" acts like an indoor GPS system for the performing drones. The robotics team also created some new instruments for the flying performance. The synchronized drones perform "Thus Spake Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss, used in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and "Carol of the Bells."

The drones float above the instruments and then briefly touch down on them to play different notes. Take a look:

BBC News reports that the robots will also be performing for live audiences.

KMel had flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme in 2012: