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Move over Beyonce! 540 robots perform at world’s most watched music festival

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Did you think this week’s Super Bowl was the biggest TV spectacle? Think again.

As the rest of the world fawned over the Super Bowl 50 half-time performance, over in China another spectacle was taking place.

China’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala is the most watched TV show on earth with over 700 million people tuning in each year. This year the event was held live from 5 different locations, but the highlight was this high-tech performance out of Guangzhou.

To ring in the Chinese New Year, a troupe of 540 dancing robots performed live in a synchronized display of Chinese artistry and technical knowhow. It was a performance reminiscent of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies, except this one was purely high tech.

While the robots displayed only limited movement, the scale of the performance was a sight to behold. The most impressive move, was when the entire troupe performed handstands followed by what could be best described as head spins – without the spin.

Accompanied by singer Sun Nan, the performance ended with a shower of confetti from 29 drones that lit up the Guangzhou skyline with neon lights.

Via Shanghaiist

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Drones fly luxury Dolce & Gabbana handbags on the runway

Who needs models when you have drones?

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Dolce & Gabbana stepped up their game this year during their fashion show in Milan. The Italian luxury fashion house flew drones carrying handbags on the runway, stunning the crowd.

See the spectacle for yourself:

The show ran nearly an hour late for the big surprise. According to Fashionista who attended the event, “Signs and announcements in several different languages pleaded multiple times for audience members to turn off their personal Wi-Fi and hot spots.”

Of course, it isn’t easy to ask a 600-strong audience to turn their internet connections off before a spectacle, resulting in these quadcopters flying a bit craggy. It’s possible that those reluctant to follow the organizer’s requests caused an interference with the drone flights. Who wouldn’t want to capture a surprising performance and share it on social media? We live in the social media age, guys!

But the fashion house was prepared for any unfortunate accident if the drones were to malfunction and crash on someone’s head. People dressed in white walked alongside the drones, ready to intercept or offer help if an incident occurred.

Fortunately, the show went on without a hitch. As the drones buzzed off, actual human models were back on the runway wearing D&G clothes for the Fall Winter 2018/19 collection. Maybe it isn’t time yet for technology to enter the world of high fashion, but it’s a great start.

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Airbus’ drone taxi successfully flies autonomously

This is the future!

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Just last month, European aerospace company Airbus flew its autonomous air taxi for the first time. The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft hovered for 53 seconds on its own and we only got a glimpse of it through photos. Well, the company has just released a video showing what it’s capable of.

A giant drone taking off and hovering for less than a minute before coming back down isn’t really an astounding sight. Although, this is quite an achievement since it’s a totally different aircraft from what Airbus has been producing and the fact that it’s all-electric is already a feat in itself.

As you can see, this less-than-a-minute demonstration of autonomous flight is actually a breakthrough since it’s one of the first to ditch the use of an engine or a gas-electric hybrid and relies solely on a battery to fly. The company said it aims to produce an array of autonomous eVTOL aircrafts that fly from rooftop to rooftop to help alleviate traffic on the road. Airbus envisions this through the use of the latest technologies.

“Our goal is to democratize personal flight by leveraging the latest technologies such as electric propulsion, energy storage, and machine vision,” said Vahana Project Executive Zach Lovering.

It might not happen anytime soon, but we’re one step closer to realizing a future where you hail flying taxis that don’t need their own drivers.

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Kentucky Flying Object is a drone from KFC India

Flies longer than a chicken can!

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KFC really knows how to tickle our gadget fancy. Last year, the fast food chain produced their own smartphone; now, we’re looking at a drone you can assemble using the packaging of their latest chicken wings flavor.

For a limited time — from today until tomorrow to be precise — select KFC branches around India are offering the DIY drone for “select orders of Smoky Grilled Wings.” Although the website doesn’t specify how many are being given away, chances are you’ll have to fight for one.

Colonel Sanders would have definitely scratched his head at the thought of such a product, but we can’t deny that this is all sorts of awesome.

You can see it in action here:

KFC provides instructions on how to assemble the drone on their website. Once complete, you can control the KFO (yes, Kentucky Flying Object) through Wi-Fi using your smartphone and an app.

They aren’t kidding calling this “the most fly meal ever.” If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, make sure to lick your greasy fingers first.

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