Remote-controlled quadrocopters are slowly taking over the skies. Beyond looking like an awesome James Bond tool from the late 1980s, they’ve been adapted to do a whole host of things, not the least scary of which is an army of quadrocopter drones spelling out “Big Brother” in mid-air. They’ve put on light shows, they’ve played catch, and now they’ve launched their first assault in their goal of taking over one of the most respected jobs on the planet.
Okay, so maybe “juggler” isn’t so refined a career choice, but only because a human one could never match the wow factor of ETH Zurich’s Dario Bresianini, whose master thesis project, titled “Quadrocopter Pole Acrobatics,” features two quadrocopters throwing a pole from one machine to the next, catching it on its end in perfect balance. The first time you see it, it’s almost too stunning to believe. Check out the video below, and try not to break anything attempting the maneuver yourself using your hands.