Femmostroppo Reader, March 5 2012

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen these.  Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader or via twitter (please consider following some of the tweeters). What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments. Shameless self-promotion entirely welcome!

Who knew flying robot quadrotors were even a thing? These ones play the James Bond theme!

Video description: Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this “couch guitar” by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the “couch guitar”.

These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.
More information: http://www.upenn.edu/spotlights/penn-quadrotors-ted

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7 replies

  1. In the US, it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month, so I’m posting an endo fact per day.
    Also pointing out the irony of Rush Limbaugh in case enough people hadn’t done that already.
    I also wrote about memories of my dad.

  2. I’ve also been checking out neato vids of quadrocopters.

  3. If we’re talking quadrocopters, it just so happens that ABC’s Catalyst was in my office last week filming an episode about this. (My office is so cool)

  4. It’s not like I’m seething with jealousy right now or anything.

  5. @Janet: I’m sorry to hear about this (I don’t follow MSM much), and I’ll see what I can contribute.

  6. Thank you! That’s lovely of you. xx

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