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Quads on Broadway!

#1

No way!!, just came from this show, Cirque Du Soleil; Paramour, on Broadway in NYC. First of all the whole thing was amazing, but they had a scene where they flew a fleet of 8-10 quadcopters lifting props and flying them around. I know this for a fact because my wife and I were in the front row. We could hear them and feel the prop wash. I’m not an expert in identifying makes and models, probably custom built anyway I did see an X frame built from some type of box tube marerial. they were about 250-300mm in size and flew colored paper lamp shade looking props around. My wife was clearly not as excited as I was.

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#2

That’s pretty awesome! It’s been so long since I saw a Broadway show. I always wondered when we would start seeing synchronized Quading, lol :grinning:

#3

Here’s the origin of it.
Dancing lampshades

#4

It totally was. With everything going on when they first lifted off I thought cables then they criss-crossed and came around and I could see under them. I wonder now if it was one pilot flying multiple drones because I can’t imagine all those pilots. FPV yes, they wouldn’t have to be all right there they could be further away. Anyway it was cool. Thought I’d share.

#5

My wife found these two articles mentioning that video sparked and cirque du Soleil and 8 autonomous drones.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.broadwayworld.com/articleamp.cfm%3Fcolid%3D1343153%26ModPagespeed%3Doff?client=safari

#6

So they’re pre programed, which makes sense. The timing in that video that @Chaotix posted looked to perfect. Awesome work though, I wonder if they use a mixture of sonar and laser sensors.

Edit: A word

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#7

Some guys in Linz Austria http://www.spaxels.at developed a technique with motion capturing to control multiple quadcopter simultaneously. A bunch of cameras register objects in a defined space and some voodoo for choreography. If you are planning some event they charge 80000.-$ minimum.

#8

That’s interesting, so a similar kind of thing to what they do for video games only they use the capture to control them. Pretty cool :+1: