Flying Lego? Drones mimic brick formations in middair

CNET | 2/14/2018 | Leslie Katz
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A flock of mini-drones mimic the shape and color of the Lego pattern.

You just assembled a Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon. How cool would it be if your blocky creation could take flight?

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Sure, it's cool on the ground but...

A new system from Lego and Canada's Queens University lets Lego lovers control and animate brick formations in middair. Once they've arranged their pattern on a special Lego controller that can be twisted and bent, a swarm of quadcopters uses computer vision to replicate your pattern as an in-air formation.

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Using tiny sensors and gyroscopes, the system also tracks when the (human) controller moves the (Lego) controller, making the swarm of mini drones move in kind. The video demo below shows the quadcopter flock mimicking the shape and colors of a bendable Lego butterfly decorated with red, blue and green bricks.

The new technology is on display at the Lego World expo in Copenhagen, where visitors can go hands-on with airborne...
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