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SPARKED, a Cirque du Soleil drone performance

In Sparked, a late-working electrician finds himself surrounded by the magical glow of flying lampshades. Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology behind ten quadcopter actors, the story was performed live with precisely synchronized human + drone interactions. No post-production computer effects were used.

Sparked is a collaborative effort by Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Area, and Verity Studios. Here’s how they did it:

We’ve seen Raffaello D’Andrea’s work before: Flight Assembled Architecture.

Related videos: Flying Robot Orchestra, A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors, Chandelier Tree, and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

via @Ri_Science.

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