Meet the dazzling flying machines of the future | Raffaello D'Andrea

  • Published on Mar 11, 2016
  • When you hear the word "drone," you probably think of something either very useful or very scary. But could they have aesthetic value? Autonomous systems expert Raffaello D'Andrea develops flying machines, and his latest projects are pushing the boundaries of autonomous flight - from a flying wing that can hover and recover from disturbance to an eight-propeller craft that's ambivalent to orientation ... to a swarm of tiny coordinated micro-quadcopters. Prepare to be dazzled by a dreamy, swirling array of flying machines as they dance like fireflies above the TED stage.
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  • Jean Baptiste
    Jean Baptiste Day ago

    when can I buy my killer drone bot army with built in AI?

  • Ilyas Masih
    Ilyas Masih Day ago

    God said in toura torate christion and Jews invented incredible God prophcey is truth God bless west for 3thard battel war

  • Evanna Allen
    Evanna Allen Day ago

    @7mins - "Here's what happens when we disable just one of the tabs" *drone wobbles* - Kinda like we did to your planet approx 2020 earth years ago.... bit of a whoopsie ... still trying to recover this lost tech..?

  • Trooper
    Trooper 2 days ago +1

    Now it's scary.. we can unlock phones using our face.. but if that feature is placed on a killer drone that once it has identified it's target it will kill..

    • Evanna Allen
      Evanna Allen Day ago

      I meant mortgage lol

    • Evanna Allen
      Evanna Allen Day ago

      People are too busy paying for baggage to take to the morgue to consider such probabilities.

  • SciGuy
    SciGuy 2 days ago

    UFOs explained

  • cyb3rp0nk
    cyb3rp0nk 2 days ago +1

    Remember that Sci Fi short movie about the killer swarm drones?

  • michael iam
    michael iam 3 days ago +1

    Looks like fun times ahead shooting them down with a home made e.m.pulse rifle.

  • Gaurav Jonwal
    Gaurav Jonwal 3 days ago


  • Max game
    Max game 3 days ago


  • Tonio Reyes
    Tonio Reyes 4 days ago +1

    The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.....

    DOCTOR LEMBETHE 4 days ago


  • Jeffrey Lucas L.
    Jeffrey Lucas L. 4 days ago

    Ever heard the phrase, " sitting duck?"

  • Zagan Volac
    Zagan Volac 5 days ago

    first, master the power of gravity, then you will see the future

  • vencedor do bicho
    vencedor do bicho 5 days ago

  • Florida Aviator
    Florida Aviator 5 days ago

    There are all these ideas left over from the early and mid 20th century that were dependent upon human pilots. Look how much faster and more cost effectively you can iterate since the advent of micro tech and computer PID controllers. No one has to die in a fiery test flight to collect data for the next iteration. Yay humans!

  • Rim Shot
    Rim Shot 5 days ago

    Everyone seems to be getting the carriage, ahead of the horse. Until Battery technology advances, all of these impressive flying machines, will remain short time flyers.

  • bandit bandana
    bandit bandana 5 days ago

    It is now more difficult to recognize the real ufo or drone... 😅

  • Saverio Molinari
    Saverio Molinari 5 days ago

    welcome to world war 3

  • Rob Carter
    Rob Carter 5 days ago

    You mean how to weaponize it.

  • SBF
    SBF 5 days ago

    8:28 Looking for drones to carry explosives. Running out of suicide bombers.

  • Gary Z
    Gary Z 5 days ago

    Brave new world.

  • buttafan
    buttafan 6 days ago

    To reduce power requirements and increase range or flight time, place a torus shaped helium filled baffled envelope around the lamp shade drone and make the outer surface of the envelope photovoltaic; using an amorphous thin film laminate or coating (contact Iowa State University). This would also provide an exterior air bag in collisions, and enables water landings. Place the torus drone/airship hybrid under a Frisbee shaped transparent faring for better aerodynamics and protective shielding.

  • T4 Concepts
    T4 Concepts 6 days ago

    Fascinating stuff! .................. but how can a technology such as this be used?
    Not to mention the legalities of using a tiny discrete drone such as the smaller ones at the end. I can only imagine people using this technology a spy gadgets. Battery life will always be a problem, flight times as long as 5 minutes! we need a new type of cell, perhaps even a new type of locomotion, propellers have been around for about 170 years, I'm pretty sure we can come up with something better by now.
    Propellers have to be driven by motors, and they require a lot of power to generate lift ( or forward motion ), this is where the problem is. Develop a power system that can generate motion without excessive use of battery power, and these drones will literally take off!
    You could even use one ( or all the motors ) to generate their own power ( like a dynamo ), thus recharging the batteries to extend flight times!


    • Gian Luca Grinfan
      Gian Luca Grinfan 4 days ago

      This is civilian technology from two years ago, you can't imagine the military technology that exists today. It's really worrying

  • jayaveeran
    jayaveeran 6 days ago

    Thats white privilege...

  • SysterEuropa
    SysterEuropa 6 days ago

    TED...."The Establishment Deception".

  • old english clocks 1640 to 1700

    Military already has batteries that last hours in the sky. Phoenix 'lights' demonstrations and others similar have shown this fact.

  • Kevin
    Kevin 6 days ago

    LOL people clapping at this primitive technology is so hilarious :''D

  • John Doe
    John Doe 6 days ago

    Scott set to kill . Ok Jim

  • Douglas Hope
    Douglas Hope 6 days ago


  • Cory Shaw
    Cory Shaw 6 days ago +1

    When artificial intelligence starts creating these it's going to be awesome.

  • Free Spirit
    Free Spirit 6 days ago

    Did you see the ones killing people ?

  • Vic Phan
    Vic Phan 6 days ago

    The military need this !

  • Bryan Miles
    Bryan Miles 7 days ago +3

    Battery life is not long.. 5 min flight....need to work on more life...

  • Saxon
    Saxon 7 days ago +1

    And one day they will be telling people to cooperate with them or else it kills them, amazing! The future is so exciting!

  • pastor Larry
    pastor Larry 7 days ago

    Proves Intelligent Design.

  • john doe
    john doe 7 days ago

    Anyone else notice Linus Torvalds sitting in the audience?

  • graga zw
    graga zw 8 days ago

    It is UFO on the sky.

  • Theo Coles
    Theo Coles 8 days ago +1

    its a fan propulsion system. no big deal. bring on the antigravity tech!

  • Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace

    Great now they will be weaponized and will lord over you with utter terror and fear. Bravo you fucking maniac retards.

  • HSTP
    HSTP 8 days ago

    You can make a 3d image using swarm

  • CreativeBitStudio Team

    First ted talk in the history of ted talks to leave me in awe and inspired.

  • hiya
    hiya 9 days ago

    y did youtube show me this after 3 years?!

  • Dennis Lerro
    Dennis Lerro 9 days ago

    Blew me away., wow

  • Johnboy Williams
    Johnboy Williams 9 days ago

    great. but will soon be used as another way for ufo debunking. wake up .

  • J AT3
    J AT3 9 days ago

    Simply WOW! Especially the swarm demo at the end! Mesmerizing!

  • Nasrul Naif
    Nasrul Naif 9 days ago

    and they used to call them illuminati confirmed

  • gấu nhỏ
    gấu nhỏ 10 days ago


  • Ndow Roccus
    Ndow Roccus 10 days ago

    Wow, if this causes great fear in you for the slightest second, read Michel Crichton’s Prey (quick read too, as all Crichton’s best).

  • Paul A
    Paul A 10 days ago

    Love the flying lampshade

  • Sharifa A.
    Sharifa A. 10 days ago

    They made robot fireflies! 😃

  • Ronald Washington
    Ronald Washington 11 days ago

    I wish I had a way to tell you explain the way I'm talking about you do not need propellers to do this

  • Ronald Washington
    Ronald Washington 11 days ago

    You do not need that for men in propulsion you just need like a jet did you like on a plane or something instead it will push you faster than anything

  • Big Travis
    Big Travis 11 days ago

    There is a large Nano tech facility about 2 miles from my place
    Not sure how I feel about it

  • Ever Green
    Ever Green 11 days ago

    You can safely bet that this tech 'll be used in killing more brown muslim people in Middle East.

  • Konstantin Зайцев


  • Julio Garcia
    Julio Garcia 11 days ago

    Wauu too advance .tech.

  • Stargateofficer
    Stargateofficer 11 days ago +2

    Swarm biowarfare machines i saw a movie with weaponized machines of this type

  • Erik B
    Erik B 11 days ago +1

    Really incredible engineering and imagination capabilities of the teams who design and build these incredible machines! I recall about 5-7 years (?) ago seeing some work being done with drones by Penn State University in which they were working out some autonomous capabilities and the word "swarm" was being coined. I was amazed then and now my jaw just hangs open! I'm not an engineer, so the impact of this technology resonates perhaps differently on me. The men and women behind these leaps in technology are genius level in my book! My only regret is that I will not see the fantastic future 25 years from now!

  • Randy Mulder
    Randy Mulder 11 days ago +3

    I want a google home bug that flys around my head at all times monitoring all around features etc. and monitoring me...heartrate etc. with a projected screen when needed.
    With all the bells and whistles of a phone.

  • Erik B
    Erik B 11 days ago

    Why are there always some 'look at me' boneheads in audiences that have to loudly whistle? It's not a bloody rock group!

  • Brad Rz
    Brad Rz 12 days ago

    this is scary

  • Comic Book Guy
    Comic Book Guy 12 days ago

    soon people will be walking around with a few little selfie drones orbiting their head



  • TejasToolMan
    TejasToolMan 13 days ago +2

    This is why I enjoyed R/C flight as a kid back in the 1980's

  • Largest Classifieds
    Largest Classifieds 13 days ago +1

    I thought for a moment the flying mini machines would form an alphabet

    • Ferdinando Parigi
      Ferdinando Parigi 12 days ago

      So did I.
      I thought they could have form a "TED". It would be a banal idea. (My poooooor English...)

  • Largest Classifieds
    Largest Classifieds 13 days ago +9

    8:36 very impressive, spectacular display of flying mini machines

  • Largest Classifieds
    Largest Classifieds 13 days ago +3

    Looks like we are getting closer to UFO technology

  • Sagar Parmar
    Sagar Parmar 13 days ago +1

    6:47 Is that Linus Torvalds in the first row?

  • Ethan Krauss
    Ethan Krauss 13 days ago

    If you click on the my channel icon, you can see videos of a prototype ion propelled drone that can carry its power supply onboard. In the near future if might replace small lightweight drones. It can fly without any moving parts and has lots of potential.

  • armour lyngdoh
    armour lyngdoh 14 days ago

    Wow great these are genius.... Engineering of high degrees..👍👍👍👍

  • Xtoor Gaming
    Xtoor Gaming 14 days ago

    an by accident he exposed UFO scams …..

  • Arkideit
    Arkideit 14 days ago +1

    All those machines... they are not alive.

  • Helena Quinn
    Helena Quinn 14 days ago +1

    I thought the last one might kill everyone

  • John Johnson
    John Johnson 15 days ago


  • Роман Бойко
    Роман Бойко 15 days ago

    Интересно , а кто-нибудь задумывался в этой компании об использовании коптеров нетолько для доставки посылок и получения красивых кадров но и в строительстве объединив коптер и 3d принтер ?

  • pitbull pitbull
    pitbull pitbull 15 days ago

    He is man of future

  • Yoshi Yang
    Yoshi Yang 16 days ago

    So sad how some people have such good intentions for life, but there are those who have bad intention just to destroy it. Sucks to live in a balance world. But it is what it is, right?

  • L'One
    L'One 17 days ago +7

    Sadly Nicola Tesla don't saw this, ehhh

    • Seamus Brown
      Seamus Brown 13 days ago

      You kind of need transistors and embedded CPUs for this stuff (to name just a few cornerstone pre-requisites). Bell Labs gave us the former in 1947. Intel gave us the first 4-bit CPU in the 1971. Tesla died in 1943.

  • Mishu roy
    Mishu roy 17 days ago


  • BassVentura
    BassVentura 17 days ago

    Machines overtaking human race is sooner than I expected. Better finish my hillbilly beer machine before doomsday...

  • mac berry
    mac berry 17 days ago +4

    The drone swarm was amazing it reminds me of the drones from Stargate Atlantis

  • Ahmad Faris
    Ahmad Faris 17 days ago

    People get impressed easy nowadays

    • Jukau
      Jukau 15 days ago

      Millennials are not impressed of course..

  • Pohaku Mana
    Pohaku Mana 18 days ago +1

    And HOW to WEAPONIZE them! How much of their funding comes from the DOD?

    • Pohaku Mana
      Pohaku Mana 18 days ago

      +Anthony A I remember this one from a few years ago

    • Anthony A
      Anthony A 18 days ago

      someone flew an ak and had it shoot automatically

  • Prajjwal jha
    Prajjwal jha 18 days ago

    last one is the game changer...

  • Seris
    Seris 19 days ago +1

    I was so scared it might actually cut him or something

  • Cold
    Cold 19 days ago +1

    2:47 "m"

  • Jay Kadam
    Jay Kadam 19 days ago

    The best of TED i have ever seen.

  • Ramona Ray
    Ramona Ray 19 days ago +2

    ill swat the stinking thing and kill it if it dares to come close to me, i dont think they are cute,

  • Riding Solo
    Riding Solo 20 days ago

    The ending he should of said something the drones would wait in line while auto landing into their carrying cases ready to exit the show.

  • Nathan EverLast
    Nathan EverLast 20 days ago +2


    • Nathan EverLast
      Nathan EverLast 18 days ago

      phil gary I might possibly change that theory, After studying Egyptian Symbolism im starting to see a pattern of tuning fork type receivers and transmitters, Two days ago i was watch a video on beetle wings and the structural shapes within their chiten wings, You will also find some representation of these shapes on Egyptian carvings, are the beetles, Dragonflies creating a frequency within their chiten wings with their
      Tuning fork structured shapes..
      Example - Everything is frequency - Disease is simply different frequencies that grow, medicines and Herbal rememedies are but mixtures of opposing frequencies that break down and drive out and
      Disease causing frequencies..
      As of last year we have a Quantum Microscope,
      The Ancient Egyptians had a quantum microscope of some sort,
      Its the key to seeing anf copying the machines of the quantum world..

    • phil gary
      phil gary 18 days ago

      I'm on it......

  • Art
    Art 20 days ago +1

    The freedom of creation makes the world go round.

  • Lace Young
    Lace Young 21 day ago

    Hopefully all UFO believers realize the government probably came up with this technology a little bit ago

    • snoo333
      snoo333 19 days ago

      i was thinking the same thing. :)

  • raz100200 בוגי
    raz100200 בוגי 21 day ago

    Wow Wow Wow Wow

  • gary miller
    gary miller 21 day ago

    So pretty from first word.

  • Ge Ca
    Ge Ca 22 days ago

    when asked once why she never ran for president, dolly parton replied "there's enough boobs in washington".

  • Paulo
    Paulo 22 days ago

    6:45 is that linus torvalds?

  • Barton Rice
    Barton Rice 23 days ago +1

    applaud now, when they're murdering people globally dont forget to bring your phones for recording purposes :'D

  • Gabriel Antonio Arts
    Gabriel Antonio Arts 23 days ago

    Thats how to create UFOS

  • qwerty nouser
    qwerty nouser 23 days ago +1

    Wow. I want a job in this project.