Liz Gannes

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When Autonomous Flying Robots Fail (Video)

A presentation of progressively fantastical feats performed by a cadre of flying robots — jumping through hoops, collaborating with each other and playing the James Bond theme — was a huge hit at the TED conference this week. Now, see what it looked like when the “quadrotors” crashed.

Yup, it’s a flying robot blooper reel:

Here’s the full talk from TED this week by University of Pennsylvania’s Vijay Kumar:

(Hat tip Farhad Manjoo.)

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus